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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Once again, we are making our way through Lent. This is not the kind of Lent we are used to experiencing together. We gave up so much more this year than in any other year most of us can remember. We gave up dinners out, strolls through stores, movies, plays, school concerts, sporting events, family visits, and so much more. Some are probably feeling as if have spent twelve months stuck in Good Friday. To quote Tony Campollo, “but Sunday’s a comin’!”

We will celebrate on Easter morning, but not all at one time or in one space as we have for other Easter days. With the distribution of vaccines, we have new hope for an end to this deadly pandemic, and very soon we will hear one another sing, “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!”

A tomb sealed with a rock could not keep God out or Jesus in. Closed church doors have not stop the resurrected Christ. Closed church doors cannot stop the Alleluias, and they will not stop the triumph of life over death and light over darkness. Closed church doors have not stopped our church from proclaiming Easter hope during the COVID-19 crisis, when our whole community and our entire world needed to hear hope so desperately!

The mission and ministry of our church didn’t stop twelve months ago when we got the word that we needed to close our doors to slow the spread of this disease. In many ways, the demands of our mission field became more challenging! We are needed now more than ever, and we need one another more than ever! Likewise, our church also needs our support now more than ever!

Some may be in a very different financial situation than we were when the year began; but if you are able, as much as you are able, please prayerfully consider your Easter offering even as you continue your faithful ongoing support of the church. Wouldn’t it be an awesome testimony of hope if our Easter offering this year matched or exceeded what we received in the years before the pandemic?

Please use the enclosed envelope or mark your special gifts, “Easter Hope Offering.” If you choose to give online, you can do so by clicking this link: martinmethodist.org/give.You can also mail it to Martin UMC, 2621 Bedford Rd., Bedford, TX 76248, drop it in the lockbox at the church or text it to 844-976-2515.

You are in my prayers every day, and I hope I’m in yours.

In Easter's hope,
Pastor Lara
aka "The Vicar"
Please note that Apple Corps & "I Connect" will not be meeting via Zoom on Easter Sunday. Children will enjoy an "in person" Easter Egg Hunt on the West Field at 10:00 am in lieu of Sunday School on ZOOM. All are welcome to come watch the fun!
Prayer Concerns & Sympathy
Please continue to check the Facebook Prayer Page for daily updates or concerns. To be redirected to the Martin UMC Care Team Prayer Ministry page, click here:

Sympathy: Our love and sympathy goes to Darren Walker and family on the death of his sister Dana Walker Grace (the daughter of Roy & Ermine Walker). She died on March 4th. A memorial service will be held on March 30th at 2 p.m. at the Colleyville United Methodist Church.

Martin Community:
Jay Bradford, Stan Cook, Kristi Easterling, Isi Faletau, Rosario Hawkinson, John Longyear, Susan & Mitch McCumber, Pat Murphy, Melissa Norton, Dottie Rust, Marcie Smith

Family & Friends:
Ryan Campanaro, Brian Chalk, Dennis DuBose, Jill Davis, Lee Erickson, Dealia Anne Farmer, Bonnie Fuller, Carolyn Guice, Jacob Larsen, Lanny Long, Sherilyn, Deb Viney, Glendora Waldrup, Kathy Walton

Names remain for two weeks
unless otherwise requested.

Please remember to notify Deanna
regarding any changes to the prayer list.