Welcome to Christ Lutheran e-news, a weekly electronic newsletter which highlights programs and activities of our congregation. Feel free to .

This past Sunday we implemented Zoom worship, and, while we're still learning, it went pretty well! If you
know of someone who would like to be included, please ask them to send a request to Gigi,  our  administrative assistant, to be added to the CLC-everyone Google group, and they will receive invitations to join.

We were able to include a virtual coffee hour as well. Since this Sunday will be Easter Sunday, maybe you'd like to include a plate of your deviled eggs, or another Easter treat!
 

Daily reflections continue to be posted to our website, www.christnatick.org.

Please plan to join us for worship over the Great Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Vigil of Easter. Worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be at 7:30, and the Vigil will begin at 8:00 p.m. We expect to be able to post these liturgies online as well, for later viewing and sharing. 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Live music has become Virtual music these days!  You can hear CLC singers and players complement readings, questions to ponder and prayers every day by tuning in to Daily Reflections at this URL.  

Many thanks to the Land and Seasons Band, and to Joan Ellersick (viola), Anne Weaver (flute), Bob Weaver (composer) and Andrew Avalos (clarinet) for their musical offerings recorded live!

We remember theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer this week on the anniversary of his execution, April 9, 1945 by the Nazis, days before the liberation.  His thoughts on music:
"Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you." 

Some further wisdom from Martin Luther (himself!):
"The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God....Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices."
Adult Formation

Pl
ans are underway for a Zoom book group. The first gathering may include discussion of How to Be an Anti- Racist , or general discussion of books that individuals are reading. 

Care to be a part of it? Contact Pr. Bourret, Russell Pollard, Marianne Swenson, or Joyce Simon. 
Call to Action
Ascentria Care Alliance Needs Masks

Ascentria Care Alliance has an immediate need for 2,000 masks for our workers in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition, we are facing critical shortages of non-contact thermometers, disposable gowns and gloves, disinfecting products and hand sanitizer. 

Here is how you can help. Whether you can make masks, or provide some of the other safety items, we would be very grateful. Below are several examples of DIY masks patterns that are being used across the country:

MasksNOW.org 

PDF Patterns at https://masksnow.org/patterns 
YouTube Video Tutorial at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0HnaWUIyzg

YouTube Instructional Video at https://youtu.be/rD6bnzKTkcc 

We know that people are looking to help their neighbors in these most difficult times, and this is one very tangible way they can provide very meaningful support to those caring for our most vulnerable neighbors. Please contact Jeff Kinney if you are able to help. You may reach him at JKinney@Ascentria.org, or by calling the parsonage: 508-655-6426.He will see that the masks get to one of Ascentria's sites.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network (MISN) continues to distribute food to neighbors in need in Framingham and Milford. These are families who may be reluctant or unable to access government help due to their immigration status. The next distribution will be Saturday, April 18

Food is being donated by volunteers or purchased in bulk by MISN. A monetary donation directly to MISN, using this link: http://fnd.us/e1dlN3?ref=sh_3800Wc , allows MISN to purchase food in bulk, at a great saving. 

I f you would like to make purchases yourself, the items requested are cereal and family-sized bottles of dish soap. 150 of each are needed. The Eck-Ripp family has graciously offered to place a collection bin on the porch of their home at 19 Morse Street in Natick Center. 

If you have questions, please contact Celeste and Rolf Larson at racslarson@verizon.net.
Looking Ahead
Our Easter Sunday Zoom Worship will begin at 10:00, but plan to tune in early. 

At 9:45 we'll do our best to answer questions about how to use this technology to participate, and music will begin a few minutes later. Our Easter celebration will include a hymn fest. 
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Easter Sunday
April 12, 2020

What does it mean to be Christian? Christians are those who believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and that he continues to enliven his people with his Spirit. On every Sunday we remember Christ's resurrection, but once a year we have a blowout celebration of this central mystery of the faith. Come to celebrate with us.

            First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
            Acts 10: 34-43               Ps 118: 1-2, 14-24                  Col  3: 1-4                       Matt  28: 1-10                    
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy  from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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