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The Final Week

What a blessing it has been exploring Jesus' final week with you during lent. Over these past few weeks we have learned so much about the time between Palm Sunday and the Empty Tomb. Our worship has really helped me to see that last week in new ways. I hope it has blessed you as well.
  • Sunday prepared us to be loosed on the world to continue Jesus' ministry at our jobs, in our daily lives and in every way that we play. 
  • We learned from the questioning Jesus faced on Monday and Tuesday how we can bear fruit for the Kingdom wherever we go.
  • Wednesday was the day that showed us how to pour out our lives for Jesus and the building of the Kingdom.
  • Thursday was the day that we received the first Lord's Supper and enriched our prayer lives as we follow Jesus' example by praying for exactly what we want, but always yielding our will to God's will and God's plan for our lives.
  • Friday we saw how hard it was to give thanks in all circumstances but how rewarding and life fulfilling it can be.
I am looking forward to our celebration of the end of the final week.  Join us for worship at any or all of our services on Easter.

En Agape',

Rev. Michael


8:45 a.m.
11 a.m. Processional
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6:30 a.m. @
Lebanon UMC
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Bring fresh
cut flowers

Thank you to the Clay Springs Ruritan Club for sponsoring the Egg Hunt and breakfast on Easter Sunday!

Reaching Up
April Serving Schedul e
Next Elders Meeting: April 10; 7:00 p.m.
Elder of the Month: Mark Highfield
Communion Prep: Keith and Angie Dalton
Genesis Elder/Greeter
Leslie West
Patsy Fowler
Elana Gant *
Cassidy Penley
Jared Pierce (G)
Mark Highfield
Carlton Shelton
Owen Highfield
Pat Penley
Amanda Matassa
Judy Pierce
Ted Jones
Norma Miller *
Hailey Pierce
Dalton Pierce (G)
Madelyn Logan
Heather Ostrander
Emmett Pierce
Jim Ostrander
Olivia Gant (J)
Sandra Loving
Reggie Martin
Alex Smith *
Carrie Peterman
Brooken Loving (G)
Nancy Farrell
Sherri Beth Smith
Cassidy Penley
Pat Penley
Ruthie Weeks (J)
Mark Highfield
David Bremner
Jared Pierce *
Lauren Markley
Cathy Tillman (G)
Patsy Fowler
Barbara Davis
Avery Pierce
Keith Davis
Logan Markley (J)
Harold Manahan
Madelyn Logan
Chad Baugher *
Carrie Peterman
Carlton Shelton (G)
Ted Jones
Julie Moore
Daniel Peterman
Don Moore
Brenna Peterman (J)

(G) = Greeter   (J) = Jr. Diaconate

Board Meeting

Splinters from the Board
Reggie Martin, Moderator

Next Cabinet Meeting: April 15, 4 p.m.
Next Board Meeting: May 20, 7 p.m.

Becoming a Green Chalice Congregation

Slash Church Cares for God's Creation

The creation story teaches us how much God loves all created things. I know that all of us join God in a concern for the earth and all created things. 

A team of Slash members will join together and begin a recycling program here at church in the coming weeks. We also plan to offer members the opportunity to make a special gift that will be used to help our community of faith reduce our carbon footprint. We will  roll out a plan where you can make a gift for recycle bins, LED bulbs and fixtures, as well as other energy saving devices. We will not only be saying we are concerned, we will also be demonstrating that care in what we do and how we use resources.

2018 Sermon Series
New Sermon Series 

Every so often it is important to take stock of your journey.  Ask yourself, am I doing everything I can do, or should be doing? 
It is time for our community of faith, Slash Church to ask those questions.

Are we doing everything we can to reach the next generation for God?
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Disciples Women are supporting the CWS Blanket Fund during the month of March. 
For $10.00 you can give a blanket that can provide warmth and shelter, comfort and privacy, and healing and hope wherever God's people may need care.
Donations can be made with either cash or check. Please make your check out to Slash Christian Church and on the Memo line write Blanket Fund.
To date your generous donations total $ 813.00.

Mark your calendars Saturday, October 13, 2018   
Disciples Women sponsoring:
          *Bake Sale
          *Vintage Items
          *Food - donuts/coffee, hot lunch
          *Other vendors
Anyone who has a craft/hobby and would share with Disciples Women any items to sell or if you would like to rent a space @ $25.00 to sell your own craft/hobby items contact one of the Disciples Women.

New Sunday Morning Book Study Led by Julie Peterman

Bible Study 2018
T he Sunday School class that meets in the Conference Room will be reading and discussing  Sitting At The Feet Of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith  beginning April 15 and lasting for eight weeks. Anyone is welcome to join the group. 

Books can be purchased from Amazon (used copies available at a reduced price + shipping as well) or from other online retailers like Lifeway, Cokesbury, and Barnes & Noble. If anyone would like me to pick up  their book,
please contact me by April 1.

"Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus' ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.You will hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising. You will join the conversations that were already going on among the rabbis of his day. You will watch with new understanding as the events of his life unfold. And you will emerge with new excitement about the roots of your own Christian faith. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith." 

Outreach Opportunities

Week of Compassion Offering 
In February, your generous gifts to the special offering totaled $1151.21.  Not only do we help those around the world find ways to sustain life, but we also make a difference in our own country when natural disasters occur. You may not think that your one donation makes a difference - but believe me, God uses your gifts in ways - More Than We Can Imagine!

ACES Food Drives - Thank You!  
Many hungry adults and children will be fed because of your donations to the ACES food drive. The Outreach Committee along with Ashland Christian Emergency Services wish to thank you so much for your donations. It is an awesome sight to see all of the bags of groceries lined up - showing how much you do care for others. 
Our next food drive will be at the beginning of June. We want to see if we can collect once again 500 items to donate to ACES as food or clean hygiene items. So wait to collect your bags to fill in June and let's see if we can reach that goal AGAIN!

A note from ACES: I want to express my deepest gratitude for your recent donation of food and toiletry items, collected during your food drive for ACES. In 2017 we helped 1162 families in Central Hanover County and your donation allows us to continue this ministry of helping those in need. Sincerely, Bonnie Hoskin, President

Teaming Up to Help Homeless Families
Every year at Christmas, Slash adopts families to show God's love and support during the season.  The Outreach committee started asking the question - What if we could help a family get back on their feet and as participating members of society, not just help them at Christmas?  The Outreach committee started looking for ways that it could make this happen.  They found the Bridge of Hope, a national nonprofit.

The Bridge of Hope has a vision to end family homelessness through engaging and partnering with Christian faith communities.  The Bridge of Hope Model is a three-way partnership that includes the family facing homelessness, a case manager and a faith community.  Bridge of Hope helps identify a family, which typically is a mother and children, who then participates in the Bridge of Hope program to help them out of homelessness. A case manager, who is a professionally trained social worker, works with the family.  The church's role is to provide financial assistance and to have a core group of 10 to 12 volunteers to serve on a monitoring team to help the family.  The volunteers on the monitoring team participate in a training to teach them how to be supportive to the family in need.  This support could include parenting support, help with housing, with furnishings, with transportation, food or spiritual support.  Each family is different, and the support required will vary.    As the Outreach committee continues to discern and explore becoming a Bridge of Hope One Church Site, keep them and the church in your prayers.  More information to come.

Easter Special Offering 
will be received March 25 and April 1
"Like good stewards of the multi-colored grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." 1 Peter 4:10
Your gift to the Easter Offering helps bring life, love and learning through the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  The work of these ministries overflows "from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth."

Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Clay Springs Ruritan Club  

The Clay Springs Ruritan Club will sponsor its annual community wide Easter Egg Hunt at Slash Christian Church, 11353 Mount Hermon Road, Ashland, VA on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 AM. (weather permitting). Children 1 - 12 years of age are welcome to come and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded.   So come and bring your friends.

Easter Sunrise Service Breakfast will be served Sunday morning April 1st at Lebanon United Methodist Church following the Easter Sunrise Service. The Clay Springs Ruritans hope that you will be there for the Sunrise Service and then for breakfast. 

Collecting for Relay for Life
This year, we may not have a Relay for Life Team but we still pla n to honor and remember our friends and family who have been impacted by cancer.  Events will be formulating over the next couple of months and we will keep you informed as to those plans.  We never want to forget those who have suffered whether as victims or as caregivers and friends.   

The Latest Youth News from Slash
Mission Trip (Spring Work Weekend) Form Due April 29th
Summer Camp (Registration 2018) Form Due April 29th

We have gone ahead and planned to reschedule our upcoming Youth Sunday for Mother's Day. That Sunday we will have Sunday School and then ONE Worship at 11 a.m. Please let Rev. Michael know immediately if there are any conflicts with that date. We want as many of our youth as possible to be able to participate.
Just a reminder that Youth Group at Slash includes 6th-12th graders. You will note below that the rising 6th graders are invited to participate in the Mission Trip this summer. Everyone is always welcome to bring friends. We have several activities coming up that we want to make sure everyone has on their calendars. 

  • April 15, Youth Group, 5-6:30
  • April 29, Youth Group, 5-6:30
  • May 12, Final Preparations for Youth Sunday, (Time TBD)  
  • May 13, Rescheduled: Youth Sunday on Mother's Day 
  • May 25-27, Mission Trip to Craig Springs 
  • June 16, Meredith and Olivia High School Graduation
  • Summer Fun Day will be scheduled soon. We plan to go to the beach for a day trip together.
Summer 2018 Craig Springs Schedule
Remember Slash provides half price camperships to many of these camps as well as paying 100% of the fees for our 9th-12th grade youth who volunteer as counselors at Nature Camp. Camp forms were handed out at church and will be due to the church office by April 29th. Remember if you register online you will pay full price.  If you want the half price campership print out the form and turn it in at Slash with a check for one half of the cost.  

Craig Springs

Nature Camp - June 25-29
Special Camp - July 1-6
Triple 1 - July 8-13
AMPDD Camp - July 16-21
Triple 2 - July 22-27
New Covenant Camp - July 29- August 3
Family Camp - August 3-6
Fall Work Weekend - October 5-7

Youth Mission Trip to Craig Springs 
Our youth have decided to participate in the  Craig  Springs Work Weekend - May 25-27 for our mission trip this year. The youth are excited to travel to and from camp together and work on cleaning and camp upgrades. There is no cost for this event. A list of tools and things to bring will be available soon.  Registration forms are available at church now or you can print your ownIncoming 6th graders will also be eligible to participate in this trip. Forms will be due in the Church office on April 29th.

Passing of the Peace
Frances Stanley

Every Sunday following the announcements, we practice the ritual of passing the peace. The worship leader instructs us to stand, turn to our neighbors and share the peace of Christ with them. Some say "peace be with you" and others respond, "and with you". For some, it is a time to check on each other and to greet new people in the congregation. During this time, we shake hands, some do fist pumps and due to the flu season, we have waved to each other. We extend this peace every Sunday, but have you ever thought about what it means and how long this practice has been around?
The practice is meant to remind us of Christ's peace-granting work in the world and to invite us to become participants in his work of peace by sharing it with others. Passing the peace has been part of Christian worship since the beginning of the church, but our early Christian brothers and sisters didn't settle for a handshake or a wave.  In CE 350, Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, said that the deacon would say in a loud voice "Receive one another, and let us kiss one another!" This was not the kind of kiss exchanged by a romantic couple, but was a kiss to join souls together and to seek forgiveness from one another. Theodore the Interpreter, Bishop of Mopsuestia, said in CE 390 that when we give a kiss of peace to the person next to us, it was in effect, giving a kiss of peace to the whole congregation because we are all part of the body of Christ. This was to embody the desire that we live together with one another in Shalom.
In Matthew 5:23 Jesus says "So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift." Early Christians wanted the passing of the peace to be a time of real reconciliation.
The call to "greet one another with a holy kiss" is included five times in the New Testament. This was a customary greeting until about the fifth century, when some thought the passing of the peace was getting out of hand, even though the custom was that the "men give the men and the women give the women, the Lord's Kiss." By the medieval centuries, only the presiding clergy greeted one another by passing a board between each other with the word "peace" written on it. Then during the Reformation, Protestant churches introduced passing the peace as a verbal greeting. Today in many churches that practice the ritual of passing the peace, it occurs when the pastor states, "the peace of the Lord be with you," and the people respond "and also with you." They then greet each other, not with a kiss, but with a handshake. God's ministry of reconciliation works its way into all of our lives.
Craig Springs Camp Supplies 

craig springs gazebo

It will be time to pack and head up to Craig Springs for camp before we know it! Adults who are volunteering for various camps this summer are already hard at work planning and preparing. This year's camp theme is "Beyond Belief," and it's sure to be a memorable time for all campers. 

If you'd like to make a donation towards supplies needed for camp this summer, please see Janet Williams. She is co-directing New Covenant Camp this year and will gladly accept Wal-Mart gift cards or gift cards to any craft supply store. Thank you in advance and thank you for keeping Craig Springs and all who volunteer and enjoy camp there in your prayers.

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Flower Ministry

The 2018 flower chart is posted by the office . If you would like to purchas e flowers  in me mory of or in honor of a loved one please sign up on the flower chart, fill in an order form and return it to the office. You may email or call the office (798-4520) to order sanctuary flowers.   The sanctuary flower price is $27.00 with checks made payable to Slash Christian Church. Orders do not have to be prepaid. April 8 and 15 are the next available dates.  

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Current Needs:
Current Needs:
Men's jeans (all sizes), Men's athletic shoes (size 10 and larger)
Women's bras and underwear (all sizes)
Boy's and Girl's summer clothes (all sizes)

Food Pantry:  Canned mixed vegetables, Canned baked beans, Canned beef stew
Low sodium canned vegetables (all types), Canned tuna
Toiletries: Shampoo, Toilet paper, Laundry detergent
ACES will be closed on Good Friday (March 30th).
The Senior Rides program (through ACES) is available to home bound seniors for transportation to appointments, shopping, etc. The phone number is 543-6115.

Thank you for your continued support!

Prayer Requests

Church Family
Frank Burkett, Dianne Jones, Carolyn Nash

Buck and Frances Hale, H.T. Loving, MaryLee Jones, Norma Jennings, Beverly Vaughan
Alvin Loving, (Hanover Manor)

For Healing
Ira (co-worker of Jared Pierce), Merilyn Bremner (sister-in-law of David and Ann Bremner)
Lizzy Wallace (daughter of co-worker of Shanna Penley), Gabriel (mother of Ava Verrier-Naas), Robert Bremner (brother of David Bremner), Douglas Bremner (brother of David Bremner), Bill Ridenour (brother of Catherine Young), Jack and Trudy Hellermann (parents of Ed Hellermann), Linda Underdown (sister of Ed Hellermann), Airika Kolenda (great niece of Becky Baugher), Helen Robertson (mother of Torrie Goodman), Jerod Joyner (son of coworker of Julie Moore), Andrew Brown (nephew of friend of April Pierce), Jerry Kersey (brother of Don Kersey), Brad Moore (friend of Don Moore), Jessica Thompson and Victoria & Joseph Wix (niece of Jessica Colbert and niece's siblings), All those struggling with substance abuse and domestic violence, Tim Thomason (Judy Pierce's niece's husband),  Maryanne Reid (friend of Meredith Baugher), Kaitlyn Stahr (neighbor of Carlton Shelton),  Sandra Colley (friend of Ginnie Caudell),  G loria Mangum (sister-in-law of Judy Pierce), 
Bob Henderson (husband of Barbara Henderson), Darlene Webb (friend of Gail Hellermann),  Luella Markley (grandmother of Logan and Lauren),  Iris Epps (friend of Gail Hellermann),  Pam and Craig Brown (friends of Gail Hellermann),   
All military personnel, first responders and their families
Unspoken prayer concerns

A note of thanks:
Thanks so much for the lovely vase of flowers you sent for Kip's funeral. Also, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I could feel every hug! I am not as strong as God thinks I am but with His help I will get through one day at a time.
Blessed be the tie, LuLu Coughlan

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