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                                        "My soul, wait thou only upon God;

                                      for my expectation is from him. 

                                      In God is my salvation and my glory:

                                      the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God."

                                                                                                            Psalm 62:5,7



     While we didn't have as much shoveling of snow in March as we had earlier; nevertheless, winter, and its snowy remnant, seemed reluctant to depart.  Many of our usual signs of spring have briefly and tentatively appeared and then disappeared; as if they had seen their icy shadow, and retreated to await a warmer day.  And so we keep our heavy coat handy even as we peak hopefully at the thermometer. 
 
  
     This is the month when solemn Lent concludes, the turbulent events of Holy Week are recalled; and , finally, the joys and beauty of Easter are re-lived.
 
     Our lives, in the 21st century, are so busy and complicated that it's difficult to fully appreciate the emotional roller coaster that the people of that time and place experienced when the Son  of Man arrived in Jerusalem.  It's hard to share the huge swings of hope, fear, and confusion that must have gripped the ones who were sure this was the Messiah. Probably the only emotion that we can share is the blanket of doubt that tried to smother their faith as the week arrived at Friday.
 
       In our lives, in our times, when things go well, our faith is sure, at times even complacent.  Yet, once in a while, we're agonized as someone we love, - it could be one of us, - someone of deep faith, goes through a severe trial.  Doubts creep in.  A question arises: what/Who is the source of our faith?  Or, there are times when we're performing routine, mindless chores, and our minds wander.  We find ourselves pondering little things of our faith.  Or, perhaps it's an unanswered prayer.  Little doubts arise.  For some, these battles become major struggles.  Mercifully, most win the battle.  Faith is restored and strengthened.  But for some, faith just disappears.
 
      For Jesus' followers in Jerusalem, by the end of what we now call Holy Week, hope had been destroyed, doubts and confusion had scattered former believers.  And then came Easter.  The response of the disciples is so wonderful to contemplate.  "...they yet believed not for joy and wondered..."  Imagine their amazement, their hope, yet ... can it really be?  One of our favorites is the total, instantaneous transformation of "doubting" Thomas - one moment totally unbelieving, the next drowning in faith, exclaiming, "My Lord and my God." 
 
     May our Easter be just as overwhelming.
     

Our Church Family
Our spirits rise with the temperature in the month of April.  How much more they rise when we have a chance to celebrate speial days in the life of our church family.

11       - Betty Wyant birthday. 
         
19 -   Tammy Hall birthday.  
 
20  -   Jean Willever birthday. 
 
21 -    Mike and LaRue Hooper anniversary
 
26 -   Virginia Derbyshire birthday
 
27 -   Marcelle Figlo birthday
 
Congratulations to all.  From your church family to each of you - best wishes and may God richly bless your coming year.
 
 
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The Holland Church family is invited to share the 100th birthday celebration of our firend and neighbor, Dotty Wieder, at a party on April 12, for 12 to 3:00 p.m. in the Christian Education Center.  This is a special day for her family and friends.  As Dottie says, "You only get to celebrate your 100th birthday once in a lifetime."  Happy birthday, Dottie! 
 
Keep Mike and LaRue Hooper in your prayers as they recover - that is, clean up - after a scary chimney fire.  Give prayers of thanks that it wasn't any worse in terms of damage to their home, and prayers for endurance in what is a long process.
 
As a church family, we all rejoice with Bryan and Jamie Travers as Cali seems to be the happiest child in the world.  Praise the Lord for such a blessing - to us all.
 
We're happy to see Diana Cashman back in her pew afte a long struggle with a nasty upper respiratory infection.  Give a prayer of thanks for her recovery.
 
Remember to pray for those who are especially dear to our family who are serving in the military during this unsettled time:  Kyle Trippeda, Paul Stofonak, Mark Washburn, Alex Falkner and John W. Potter.  Pray for safety for all those in the military, and especially those who are serving in areas of great danger. 
 
Pray for those who have devoted their lives to taking the Word into dangerous, hostile places – in this country and on foreign shores; and pray for those who preach to churches and congregations which are “lukewarm and neither cold nor hot” [Revelations 3:16]. 

Keep Holland Church in prayer for the Lord’s guidance as we embark on ministry with our new pastor.  And keep our new pastor in prayer as he learns to know the members of our church family, provides worship leadership and prioritizes his new schedule.  Pray for Amy and Isaac, too, as they become a part of our church family and our activities.

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Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

Special prayers

 

Our church family includes some who are unable to attend our worship services or other activities due to the limitations imposed by age or health.  Please remember to keep them in prayer or, even better, make a personal contact.

 

            Ethel Sharpe

            Madeline Templeton

            Sandy and Irene Nauman

            Pauline Search

            Carrie Shaffer

 

 

Email us with your prayer requests

Lord, take me where you want me to go;

Let me meet who you want me to meet;

Tell me what you want me to say,

and keep me out of your way.

   

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     Memorial plaques will be dedicated at the Easter Communion Service on April 20.  We shall honor the memories of Dan Fitzpatrick and Barbara Kulp.  The plaques have been mounted on the board in the Narthex and will remind us of two friends of Holland Church who passed away recently.

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     Orders for Easter flowers should be in to Paul Kuphal by April 13.  The colorful spring flowers provide added beauty to our sanctuary during our celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord.  Proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund. 

             He is Risen!

  W.E. Sangster (1900-1960), a well-known pastor in England, contracted a progressive, incurable muscle disease.  He lost the ability to move his legs, and eventually his voice faded away.  Because Sangster wanted to continue serving God even though he could no longer preach, he became a prolific writer and organized prayer cells throughout England.

   On Easter morning, shortly before his death, Sangster wrote a note to his daughter in an unsteady hand.  "It is terrible to wake up on Easter morning and have no voice to shout, "He is risen!" he wrote.  But it would be still more terrible to have a voice and not want to shout."

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   Holland Church note cards are now available.  Five notes with envelopes for $6.00.  Featuring a lovely painting of Holland Church, you’ll want to use them often.  See any deacon.  They’re really nice!  

 A message from Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon:

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers in your area. Serve your homebound senior neighbors a hot noontime meal. The commitment to drive is only once a month. It will take only an hour or two once a month to get that good feeling of giving. Call our office at (908) 284-0735 to offer your time or for more information. Help us, help others. Many thanks.