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March 20, 2024

A Message from Rev. Alice

Dear brothers and sisters on the journey,

I know you are no strangers to Holy Week and its moods and rhythms. It is a Dark Wood within a Dark Wood, a more deeply intense storyline and, therefore, a more demanding invitation. Holy Week is not for the fainthearted. Yet, because we know how the story ends, we sometimes gloss past the invitation to sit in the shared, dark space. But, you are most certainly invited. It truly is the only way to understand the absolute joy of what Easter Sunday portrays.

Here’s a glimpse of what is offered you:

  • Palm Sunday Service, 9:30am: We will commence Holy Week with a special Palm Sunday service, commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Join us as we reflect on the significance of this event and prepare our hearts for the journey ahead.
  • Wednesday Dinner and Prayer Station Setup, 5:30pm: On Wednesday at 5:30pm, we will join together for our weekly family meal. Afterwards, we will set up the prayer stations which will be in use throughout Thursday and Friday. These prayer stations (in fellowship hall) are available for everyone to experience on Thursday from 9-noon and 1-4pm; throughout the prayer vigil (see below), and on Good Friday from 4pm-7pm.
  • Maundy Thursday Observance, 7pm: On Maundy Thursday, we will gather for a dramatic portrayal of some of the characters with prominence in Holy Week. This intimate service will include scripture readings, prayers, the sharing of communion and stripping the altar as we remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples.
  • Prayer Vigil: begins after the Maundy Thursday service until 6am. Jesus said, “Stay here and keep watch with me” as he leads his disciples into the garden of Gethsemane. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” (Matthew 26:36). This is our invitation to respond to his request. If you have not yet signed up, we encourage you to do so.
  • Good Friday Reflection, 7pm: Join us on Good Friday for a tennabrae-like service of the seven last words of Christ. With a variety of church members providing meditations, solemn music and moments of silence, we will reflect on the profound love and grace demonstrated on the cross.
  • Easter Sunday Celebration, 9:30am: We will conclude Holy Week with the joyous celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Join us for a vibrant worship service filled with music, fellowship, and a message of hope as we rejoice in the victory of life over death.

Throughout Holy Week, we invite you to participate in these experiences as we walk through the central events of our faith. Whether you are seeking solace, inspiration, or community, you are welcome to join us as we draw closer to God and to one another.

Rev. Alice Ford

Easter Cards

Help our members and friends who can’t join us in church on Easter by sending a card. Who doesn’t like getting real mail these days? And, what better time than Easter to share the love. There are plastic eggs with the addresses of our at-home members inside in the Narthex. Take the address out of the egg, leave the egg and send a card to the person noted. There are also Easter cards to use if needed.

Thank you from the Congregational Care Team!

Join us for the following
services & events

March 24: Palm Sunday

9:30 am: Service & Engage Children’s Program

Mar 27: W.O.W. Wednesdays of Wonder

4:30 pm: Chapters 7/8 for Lenten Study
5:30 pm: Dinner is ham and cheesy potatoes
6:15 pm: Chimes & Rainbow Bell practice
6:30 pm: Join us to set up the Prayer Stations in Fellowship Hall

Mar 28: Maundy Thursday

7:00 pm: Maundy Thursday Service
8:00 pm: Prayer vigil through Friday morning at 6 am*

Mar 29: Good Friday

7:00 pm: Good Friday Service – Service of the Seven Last Words

Mar 30

11:00 am: Eggstravaganza

Mar 31: Easter Sunday

9:30 am: Easter Service with Communion and Engage
10:45 am: Easter Coffee Hour Fellowship
Bring your favorite goodies to share with friends!

*During the day on Thursday and on Friday between 4pm – 7pm, everyone is welcome to come and participate in the prayer stations set up in Fellowship Hall.

You can make an impact

Easter Memorials for 2024

There is still time to share your gifts for Easter Memorials. Monies can be designated for: (1) Easter flowers for worship (2) Organ Restoration, and/or (3) Share the Warmth Unhoused Shelter. Gifts can be given in living honor of or in loving memory of the loved ones of your choice. Forms are here or at the Welcome Center and need to be returned by Wed, March 27 at 4:00 pm.

Hand Chimes for Adults & Children

Wednesdays at 6:15 and/or Sundays at 10:45 am
Practices are currently being held at 6:15 pm on Wednesdays during W.O.W. and on Palm Sunday at 10:45 am to prepare for Easter Sunday. Please join Linda Farley in Rooms 1 & 2 to learn this fun activity. Both adults and children are welcome at both times.

Upcoming events

Mar 21: Pub Theology

Pub Theology will meet on the 3rd Thursday for March only instead of the 4th Thursday due to Holy Week. We will meet at Aubree’s on March 21 at 5:30 pm. Please join us!

Mar 24: Palm Sunday Service  

Join us at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary as we prepare for Easter with the celebration of Jesus arriving in the city. Join us after this Palm Sunday Service at 10:45 am during Coffee Hour to stuff the plastic eggs for Eggstravaganza.

Mar 26: Book Talk

Join us, Tuesday, March 26, from 5:00–6:30 pm at The First Presbyterian Church of Adrian (156 E. Maumee St.) as we celebrate Women’s History Month with a book talk by Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Adrian College. Silenced: The Forgotten Stories of Progressive Era Free Methodist Women explores the often-overlooked experiences of women within religious frameworks, particularly Christianity, highlighting the challenges faced by women who have been marginalized, oppressed, or treated as secondary within the context of their faith. Refreshments will be served.

Mar 28: Maundy Thursday Service

Join us at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary as we share communion and reflect on the last hours in the life of Jesus and remember The Last Supper as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday. 

Mar 28–29: Prayer Vigil

Please sign up as you are able via the Sign Up Genius for the Prayer Vigil that runs from 8:00 pm on Thursday March 28 through Friday, March 29 at 6:00 am. If you are unable to access Sign Up Genius, you can also call the office or sign up at the Welcome Center.

Mar 28–29: Prayer Stations

Prayer Stations will be available during the day on Thursday 9–4 pm and Friday between 4pm–7pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and participate in the prayer stations set up in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you to all who helped make this experience meaningful.

Mar 29: Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary in remembrance of Jesus’ last hours and eventual death on the cross. This service is also known as the Service of the Seven Last Words. This is a contemplative and quiet service that prepares us to experience and celebrate the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday.   

Mar 30: Eggstravaganza

Bring children, grandchildren, neighborhood children or volunteer to help with the Eggstravaganza which begins at 11 am. (If you are helping plan to be here at 10 am on Saturday.) Help will be needed for set up on Friday following the Good Friday Service.  If you are able to help, please contact Sherry Stone. 

Mar 31: Easter Sunday

Join us for the celebration of new life! The 9:30 service will include communion and our ENGAGE children’s program. There is nursery care for those 5 and under. We will celebrate with brass and welcome and engage in the beauty of the season as Rev. Alice begins a new series entitled, “I Hope You Dance”.

Easter Coffee Hour Fellowship
Bring you favorite Easter morning goodies to share at morning fellowship following the service at 10:45 am. Thank you to our Hospitality Team who will be hosting. 

Apr 3: Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast at 7:00 am at Family Kitchen off of US 223 Join us as you are able. All are welcome.

W.O.W. Wednesdays of Wonder

Open to all in the community – join us for one or all events.

4:30 pm: Lenten Study Room 3
5:30 pm: WOW Dinner
6:15 pm: Chimes for & Adults & Children
6:30 pm: Activities for Adults & Children

Upcoming menu & events

Mar 27
Ham & cheesy potatoes, prayer station set up, making paper flowers

Apr 3
Chicken Spectacular (by request)

Apr 10
Egg roll soup

At 6:15 pm, we have the rainbow bells for children and chimes for middle school children and adults who want to learn to play just in time for the Easter service.Dinners are $5 each or $20 max per family and always include salad, veggies and dessert. Anyone is free to come at no cost. Bring your coupon or share it with a friend or stranger in need.

RSVP by calling or emailing the office or on your connection card for planning purposes. Feel free to drop by last minute for one or all events.

Opportunity to be Present

Lenten Series

Based on the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood” by Eric Elnes. Books are still available. Join as you are able.

Sunday study meets at 10:45 am, Lounge
Mar 24: Chapter 7/8 (Palm Sunday)
Apr 7: Chapter 9 & Conclusion

Wednesday Night meets at 4:30 pm, Room 3
Mar 27: Chapter 7/8 on March 27 (Holy Week)
Apr 3 or 10: Chapter 9 & Conclusion (details to come)


Wesley Chorale: practices at 8:15 am Sunday mornings

Adult Seekers Study of Mark: every Sunday @ 10:45 am in the Lounge

Adult Bible Study: every Sunday @ 10:45 am in Room 5

Engage: meets 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays after Story for All Ages and is a Sunday Discovery Program for children and yout


Youth Group: meets 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings from 6-8 pm

Adult Bells: Thursdays at 7:00 pm led by Howard Stukey

Handicrafters: Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm

Men’s Breakfast: First Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 am at Family Kitchen

Prayer Gathering: meets 1st Thursday every month at 10:00 am in Room 3

Pub Theology: Due to the Holy Week, Pub Theology will be Thursday March 21 at 5:30 pm at Aubree’s rather than Thursday March 28 

W.O.W. (Wednesdays of Wonder): 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM weekly

Please check the on-line calendar for all information & current updates.

Opportunities to Give

Shorts for Boys

TheLittle Dresses Sewing Group is starting a new project and we need your help. After years of sewing for little girls, we are now sewing for boys as well. We will be making “Little Shorts for Boys.” They are made from tee shirts and are made in three sizes. We are in need of COLORFUL TEE SHIRTS MEN SIZES MEDIUM OR LARGER. So look through your closets and pull out all those old tee shirts from charity events, old teams, work or races. Please donate CLEAN shirts without holes or paint splatters!! We are also in need of 3/4 inch elastic for the waist bands. Please bring clean shirts to the church office or drop off in the box outside of Fellowship Hall. Thank you for helping in this project!

St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Current Needs: Peanut butter, pasta sauce, fresh produce, eggs and cake kits for families to celebrate birthdays together.

Opportunities to Serve

Coffee Hour

Thank you to all the individuals, groups and committees that have signed up to host coffee hours! Let’s keep the ball rolling. Dates are now available through the end of the year for those who are able to host. Marty Schoonover (Hospitality) has created simple and informative instructions/guidelines to make hosting (and making coffee) a breeze. Coffee Hour Instructions are available and also will be posted in the kitchen with copies available as needed from the office. Thank you in advance.

Sign up your committee, friend group or family as you are able to host.

District Information

Manchester United Methodist Church’s United Women in Faith

United Women in Faith (formerly known as United Methodist Women) will be holding a community Lenten Breakfast on Wednesday, March 27 at 11:30 am.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Dawn Matzkows or the church office. Car pool will leave Adrian around 11 am.  Address is 501 Ann Arbor Street, Manchester MI 48158. Look forward to seeing you there! 

Michigan Annual Conference

Dates and title have been announced for 2024. The title is “FEARLESS: Embracing a New Future.” Conference begins on Thursday, May 30 at 1:00 pm and concludes on June 1 and will be held at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme MI.  Click here for more information.

Spring Lay Servant Ministry

Classes are now available for registration. Please click here for details of classes offered and for registration or contact the church office. 

For your information

Prayer Requests

Please contact the church office with your prayer requests by phone, email or note on your connection card. Prayer requests will be shared with the congregation through the bulletins and Tidings. If the prayer request is private, please note at the time of request.

Please know that prayer is our foundation and everything we do is surrounded in prayer.

Please note that the next Tidings will be published on April 3. If you have an article to include, please send it to adrianfumc@adrianfumc.org by 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 2.  As always, thanks so much!

On-Line Church Calendar is on the website.
Sign Ups are available at the Welcome Center or contact the office.