Dear families in Jesus Christ,
On February 18th of this year we had our regular Ash Wednesday service, which marked the beginning of the season in Lent. On April 5th we will shout for joy, “HE is risen!” Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ but is celebrated by Western Christianity on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21 based on the Gregorian calendar. The set date of Christmas on December 25 seems easier to remember! The dates for both were set by early church leaders, since the exact date of Jesus’ birth and death are not known. The English word Easter, some scholars claim, is derived from the word Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. In Spanish, the word is Pascua and in French, Paques, words derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch which would translate as Passover. The Bible does indicate that Jesus was in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover and the last supper with his disciples was their final seder Passover meal together where they commemorated the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. The forty days plus Sundays ahead of Easter are a season called Lent and the fifty days following Easter is the season of Eastertide which includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
Pastor, Jin Ming
Here at Coupeville United Methodist Church we have 3 choirs; our main Sanctuary (or vocal) Choir, our men's vocal choir, and a Handbell choir! Please come to hear our choirs in action. The Sanctuary or Men's choir will sing on all but the last Sunday of each month. The Handbell choir performs on the last Sunday. If you are interested in joining any of the choirs, here are your contacts:
Sanctuary or Men's Choir: Teresa Ellis
Handbell Choir: Cheryl Waide
Please call the church office at 678-4256 and we will put you in touch with Cheryl, Teresa, or both!