Easter 2019 Letter

Dear Members and Friends of Bayview United Church,

As you have probably already noted in your calendar, Easter falls on April 21 this year. You may have noticed the next day is Earth Day, April 22. Although this is just a coincidence of the calendar in 2019, there seems to be something appropriate about Earth Day following on the heels of Easter Sunday.

In the journey through the Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday, we keep in mind Christ’s journey through to the crucifixion and the resurrection and our own rebirth in new life in Christ.

On Earth Day it is estimated that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, centered on protecting our environment.

Jesus’ death and resurrection demonstrates to us tha in God there is new life. With the feeling of renewal and optimism fresh in our minds and hearts, we can wake up the next morning on Earth Day with that same feeling of optimism and hope for new life for our planet, and recommit ourselves to protect God’s greatest creations: humans, biodiversity and the planet we all live on.

Please note the follwing dates in the Lenten and Easter season:

Sunday April 7, 2019 – 11:00amLent 5 Worship Service, followed by a stew lunch sponsored by the Community and Global Ministry Team.
Sunday April 14, 2019 – 11:00amPalm Sunday Worship Service. with Holy Communion and special music from the choir. 1:00pm – Japanese Language Service in the sanctuary.
Friday April 19, 2019 – Good Friday Service to remember the last day of Jesus’ life.
Sunday April 21, 2019 – 11:00amEaster Sunday Worship Service. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus through word and song. Please remember to bring your Lenten offering.

Your generous support allows the church to help others in our community and in the world throughout the year. We are grateful for your financial support to carry out the mission and vision of Bayview United Church.

On behalf of the Council, I wish you a Christmas filled with hope, peace, joh and love shared with family and friends.

Carol MacLean, Chair of Council