Lent Season – 2016
Dear Members & Friends of Indo-Pak UMC,
I wish you and your families a blessed Easter!
I hope that you all are aware that lent season began on February 10, 2016 and that you are in the attitude of humility, and repentance. Traditionally early Christians used lent season to prepare new converts for baptism and membership in the church. Let us use this opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the Lord with prayer and fasting as we prepare for Easter Celebration.
Jesus resurrection is fundamental to our faith. The Bible tells us, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; and you are still in your sins.” (1Corinthians 15:17). His disciples and friends found the reality of Jesus’ resurrection a difficult, yet undeniable concept. Once they met the risen Lord face to face, their testimony became so powerful that even His foes were unsuccessful in their attempts to discredit this historic event.
Jesus stands alone as the only person to rise from the dead and to sit at the right hand of God the Father where He is interceding on our behalf, as recorded in the Holy Bible and the Apostles’ Creed. His resurrection is the evidence of His divinity and it gives us the promise of new life in both this world and the next.
In today’s environment of uncertainty and hopelessness, it is our faith that gives us hope and peace. We have a Savior who is alive today! Let us affirm our faith in the Risen Lord and make a fresh commitment to Him.
Once again, Ministry center committee in partnership with Indo-Pak and West Ridge churches have invited 28 new refugees to our Easter Sunday breakfast at nine a.m.at the church. We will honor them with gifts of shoes, socks and Easter candies. Since more than half of our guests are children, our young people are planning an Easter egg hunt for them.
Come and join us for the following opportunities for worship and fellowship. Please remember that Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday are joint services with West Ridge United Methodist Church.
Palm Sunday March 20 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday (Holy Communion) March 24 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday March 25 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Service in Des Plaines March 27 6:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday Worship & Dinner March 27 4:00 p.m.
May the Resurrected Lord richly bless you.
Rev. Ernest C. Singh