A Message from Rev. Guthrie

On March 18th I attended a vigil at the Islamic Center of Greater Lafayette. Days before a gunman had entered two mosques in New Zealand and murdered 50 worshipers in what was claimed as an act of white supremacy. That night at the vigil, I listened to several speakers including Mayor John Dennis, Pastor Lana Robyne of the Wesley foundation at Purdue, and Rabbi Mike Harvey of Temple Israel each speak of the tragedy, and it's impact on the great Lafayette community. But the messages that stood out the most came from two young Muslim women, one the student present of the Islamic Center, and the other a 15 year old high school student in West Lafayette. Each shared stories about their sense of numbness at the news of another act of violence; each was searching for a glimmer of hope in this situation. I cannot even imagine what it must be like to live in a world in which your religious beliefs and practices mark you in such a way that it is not possible to feel safe. That fact made it that much more amazing that each was willing to stand up and share their feelings, their fears, and their hopes for the world. 

There are lots of divisions in our world. It's easy to look at the diversity of a community like Lafayette, especially with the large international community at Purdue, and think about how we are blessed with many different kinds of people in this place. But we have to be aware of the ways in which members of marginal communities have to worry about things like racism and white supremacy. For the vast majority of us, the diversity of our community is a gift. It is something we wouldn't trade for the world. And yet, for the members the Muslim, there is a fear that even just one outlier, one person with the wrong ideas, puts them at risk. 

Jesus lived during a time of great diversity. There were Jews and Samaritans and Romans and Syrophonicians. If they did interact, it was in very regulated ways. And you definitely didn't want to get caught with  those  people, members of communities outside of your own. But Jesus went out of his way to get to know  those  people. He approached them at wells, or stopped when they beckoned to him. He healed their loved ones, and spoke of them as the most faithful in all of Israel. Even as they were not a part of his tribe, Jesus showed them not only respect and dignity, but walked along with them, joined with them in their place. There were those who, when Jesus approached, had trepidation. They knew that this Jew coming to talk with them was not the way in which it was supposed to be, that there could be precautions for doing so. Jesus came anyways. 

This is our lesson from Jesus: there are divisions in the world, and we shouldn't seek to erase them. And at the same time, we are called to make sure that our walk brings us into relationship with those who are different. In the current climate in our world, it is especially important to make sure that our walk as Christians brings us into relationship with people like those who participate at the Islamic Center of Greater Lafayette. Without knowing our neighbors, we cannot understand the challenges they face. And without those relationships, community on the margins of our society will continue to live in fear, not knowing whether or not they will be welcomed and protected here. It is up to us to follow the walk of Jesus and move towards these members of our community. 
THE WINTER SCHEDULE WILL END ON APRIL 21ST. WE WILL BEGIN OUR TWO SERVICES ON APRIL 28TH AT 8AM & 10:15AM.
Palm Sunday: Combined Cantata with First Baptist Church
 at First Baptist 10:15am
Maundy Thursday Service: 7pm in the Chapel
Good Friday Service: Noon in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunday: Sunrise Service 7am
Easter Egg Hunt: 9:15am (Top floor of the church)
Worship Service: 10am
Dear Disciples of Christ,
In our New Beginnings sessions, we as a church concluded consensually to be more missionary and discipleship oriented. THE TIME HAS COME! Our Church Sunday School Class is starting a lesson from a book called, Salvation and Discipleship, by Lucas Kitchen.  Please come to as many as possible. We will introduce the topic and book beginning March 31st at 9:10am in room 110. You may also go to www.simplybelief.com . Most of the study material is Free (online only) including the reading, study guide, workbook and videos.  
For the future of our church direction, it would greatly benefit all of our congregants. 

(Congregational prayer requests will remain in the bulletin for 2 weeks unless office is otherwise notified.) NURSING

HOME/HOMEBOUND:
M. Charlene Bowman--Mulberry; Sally Brunger—Mulberry Health (324); Marylou Curtis—Westminster (3404); Sue England— The Springs; Charles Fairfield--Signature Health Care; Marilyn Galloway--Creasy Springs (201); Gordon & Joyce Hamilton-- home; Barbara Harvey—home; Vernetta Lynn—Five Star Residences; Lucille Maris—Westminster (3201); Suzie Mounts— Elmcroft (124); Flo Peters--Friendship House (320); Ann Prather—home; Wanda Sharp--Indianapolis; Ralph Ward—Five Star /formerly Rosewalk (87); Ruby Ward—son Marcus Haley’s home; Connie Zarzour—home
CONGREGATIONAL REQUESTS: Sue England—rehab at The Springs, Sara Perkins (Cindy Garvey’s daughter)—health concerns, Sue Dismore’s dad--pneumonia 
April Muggers
Matthew Stewart & Cindy Garvey

Diaconates
April 7th
10am
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Carolyn Weedon
Serving: Richard Shaw
Serving: Zack Dismore
Serving: Crystal Cover
Set Up & Clean Up: All Available

April 14th
10am (At First Baptist)
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: Robin Sturgeon
Serving: Larry Sturgeon
Serving: Kathy Kremer
Serving: Gery Kremer
Set Up & Clean Up: All Available

April 21st
10am
Team Leader: Kathy Sterlin
Serving: Paula Floyd
Serving: Letcher Floyd
Serving: Linda Brammell
Serving: Richard Brammell
Serving: Roberta Pilotte
Serving: Greg Smith
Serving: Carly Schneider
Serving: Debbie Schneider
Set Up & Clean Up: All Available

April 28th
8am Service
Team Leader: Donita Navarra
Serving: Fred Navarra
Serving: Laura Gullion
Serving: Mary Fran Nelson
Serving: Dawn Ramey
Set Up & Clean Up: Fred Navarra & Laura Gullion

10:15am Service
Team Leader: Sandie Hauser
Serving: Dee Chitty
Serving: Harriet Beeler
Serving: Robin Sturgeon
Serving: Larry Sturgeon
Set Up & Clean Up: All Available
YOUTH & KIDS EVENTS FOR APRIL
April 7th Game Night at Pizza King (Veteran's Memorial & 18th St.) from
4:30-6pm. Pizza provided just bring money for a drink.
April 21st Easter Egg Hunt at 9:15am (top floor of the church)
April 28th Bowling at Arrowhead Bowling Alley (off Teal Rd.) following
the service. Cost is $10 plus money for lunch.

Game Night and Bowling are open to EVERYONE of all ages! Come join the fun!