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Just So You Will Know

February 19, 2017

IF YOU ARE a regular reader of this feature, you will most likely recognize this as one of my periodic “Time Flies” articles. You see, I just noticed that, even though the year is only eight weeks old, it’s already time to start thinking about Spring Break, and after that, as Pastor David pointed out last week, Easter is just around the corner.

SPRING BREAK:
Spring Break in Tyler begins Friday, March 10, (just three weeks from now!) and our GABC Spring Break activities start immediately. Camp 412 Kid’s Camp, and Elevate Middle School Choir Tour are both March 10-13. College Beach Reach Mission to South Padre Island is March 10-17, and our Women’s Craft Retreat is March 10-11. Our High School Jamaica Mission follows on March 11-19, rounding out a phenomenally active week of missions and ministry.

TIME CHANGE:
And then, just when Spring Break is getting started, it’s TIME CHANGE DAY! Sunday, March 12, we “Spring Forward” one hour on Saturday night (as if the hectic schedule of Spring Break was not enough) and come to SMBS and Worship “an hour earlier” on Sunday morning.

PLUS ONE SUNDAY (Palm Sunday):
Then, before you know it, it’s Easter! Our Easter-related activities begin on Palm Sunday, April 9, which at Green Acres is also “Plus One” Sunday. Our intention is to capitalize on the enhanced spiritual awareness which comes with the Easter season to introduce folks to the fellowship of a Sunday Morning Bible Study group and Worship. And, it has proven time and time again that the single most effective to do that is simply to INVITE THEM TO COME WITH YOU. So, start thinking now about who is going to be your “Plus One” on April 9. Then, our Palm Sunday focus concludes at 5:30 p.m. with our annual Women’s Palm Sunday Worship Experience in the Bethany Suite.

EASTER:
Easter Sunday follows on April 16, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with Sunrise Celebration at Cathedral in the Pines on South Broadway, leading into our regular Sunday Morning Bible Study and Worship schedule at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. As always, we are preparing to welcome a large group of worshippers that Sunday morning. You can help us provide space for all of those folks by considering attending one of the 9:00 a.m. services, either Celebration or Resonate, or, if you normally attend Celebration Worship at 9:00 a.m., consider experimenting with Resonate at 9:00 a.m. that Sunday. All evening activities are cancelled on Easter Sunday to encourage family and friends to enjoy that special evening together.

SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT. The year has just started, Spring Break and Easter are just a few weeks away, so I can think of no more fitting conclusion than simply repeating the obvious…

…“My, How Time Flies!”

Ken Warren
Senior Associate Pastor