March 23, 2021

For & About Children
Singing Rocks
Faith Together at Home

I wonder if man is the only species that doesn't acknowledge the creator. I always loved the pomp and pagentry of Palm Sunday. My mind now goes back to two years ago when we had such a fabulous tableau as the children and adults came into the sanctuary in costume and we relived that day from 2000 years ago.

And yet, Palm Sunday with all it's pagentry and Easter with bonnets, bunnies, and chocolate, open tombs, angels, and resurrection can't undo what happened in between. The creator of the universe was here among us. We were so honored. And yet... and yet, we didn't recognize him and killed him.

Jesus acknowledges the fact that creation recognizes him. In Luke 19:40 when the Pharisees shout for Jesus to silence his admirers that first Palm Sunday, he states,  “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout.” Jesus Christ, Superstar puts it this way:

Why waste your breath moaning at the crowd?
Nothing can be done to stop the shouting.
If every tongue were stilled
The noise would still continue.
The rocks and stone themselves would start to sing:
Tim Rice

Another song that has always given me goosebumps to hear puts it this way when talking about Easter:

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?

Over and over like a trumpet underground
Did the earth seem to pound, "He is risen!"
Over and over in a never-ending round
"He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!"
Sandi Patty

Yes, the rocks and stones, the grass, the earth recognizes the Creator and Savior. Even today, he is here among us through his Holy Spirit. Will we recognize him as well?

The Story of Easter: The Triumphal Entry - Watch the animated version.


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Tunes & Tales
Special Morning & Evening Storytimes

Special Tunes and Tales this week and next. We will be learning about Easter and will have two different sessions. We will meet at our regular time at 9:00 am on Thursday March 25 and then again at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, March 30 for those who aren't always able to join us Thursday mornings. I hope you can join us at one of these times. We will be doing Easter songs and games and read a special story, The Story of Easter.

Mrs. Boyce & Ms. LeAnn Malecnha are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting AT 9:00 am on THURSDAY, March 25. This is the regular link

Carol Boyce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. USE THE LINK BELOW FOR TUESDAY NIGHT, March 30 at 6:30.
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Gather Round

TIME: Wednesday, March 24, at 7:00 pm.

FOR: Kindergartners - Third Graders (or anyone that just likes a good story).

WHAT: Will Skye be able to enter Arundel Hall every again? Will Jeffrey be sent away? Where is Rosiland going? Will the Penderwicks be able to solve all the problems they've discovered in the three days they have left? We will be reading about a midnight adventure tonight.

ENJOY: Enjoy talking to and keeping up with your church friends. We look forward to seeing you!
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Lost & Found Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt

Sign up NOW for our family road rally/scavenger hunt.
SIGN UP BY NOON FRIDAY TO GET LUNCH PROVIDED.
YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE IF YOU SIGN UP LATER, You'll just need to provide your lunch.

Those participating will stop by the church between 10 and 10:30 am on Saturday April 3 to pick up your first clue. Your family will drive to 9 stops in the Libertyville area picking up clues along the way. After about an hour you'll return to the church for a souvenir and lunch together outside, weather permitting. If it is raining or too cold we will bundle you off with your lunch and souvenir. We'll wrap up between 12 and 12:30.

You will need a Bible. A smartphone with GPS and internet will be helpful.

Lunch orders will be done through the sign up sheet. A free will offering will offset the cost of lunch. (Adult lunches are $10 and children are $7) Feel free as well to stop by McDonalds or elsewhere on your way back and pick up a lunch or bring your own if you have allergy concerns or you rather have something else.


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First Presbyterian Church of Libetyville 847.362.2174 www.firstpreslibertyville.org