Month: April 2017

April 1, 2017

HOLY WEEK

Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Jesus and his disciples at the Passover and participate in the new covenant between God and God’s people. What does that covenant mean to us today? Celebrate the Eucharist (Thanksgiving) anew. Opportunities for confession and absolution, hand washing & foot washing will be made available as well.

Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Seven Last Words of Christ. Having heard the Passion story on Palm Sunday, this year we’ll focus on the last words Jesus spoke on the cross. With readings, reflections, singing, candles and stations, come experience the ultimate sacrifice of love Christ made and ponder anew his final teachings.

EASTER SUNDAY, April 16

Ecumenical Sunrise Service at High Meadow Day Camp (6:00 – 6:25 a.m.)

311 North Granby Road, North Granby, CT.

Breakfast refreshments available to follow at First Congregational Church, North Granby.

Easter Brunch at SHELC (9:00 – 9:50 a.m.)

Holy Communion Worship at SHELC (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

Celebrate the risen Christ and the Good News that brings. And bring a friend who could use some good news too!

April 1, 2017

PALM SUNDAY – April 8

Celebrate Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem with EcoPalms.

To reinforce our Lenten theme of justice, we will be waving environmentally friendly palms that actually promote environmental and social justice.

Then hear the Passion Story as read in parts by the congregation.

By choosing EcoPalms we….

Promote Social Justice

  • Harvesting palms is an important source of income but gatherers receive a low price
  • Gatherers will receive a higher price for their “fair trade” palms improving their income

Promote Environmental Stewardship

  • Palms protect valuable natural forests because they provide income to forest communities.
  • Palms will be “sustainably” harvested and managed protecting the palms and the forests they need for shade.

Why a “Fair Trade” Palm?

  • To improve income and living conditions for the communities gathering the palm.
  • To protect the palms and  the important forests from which they are gathered through sustainable harvest programs.

Did You Know?

  • Approximately 308 million palm fronds were consumed in the United States in 1998.
  • Palm purchases for Palm Sunday may be worth up to 4.5 million dollars/year.
  • A congregation of 1,100 to 1,500 members will order approximately 700 palm fronds for Palm Sunday services.
  • Palm gathering actually protects valuable natural forests.
  • At least half of the farmers in the Central Petenof Guatemala earn additional income from harvesting fronds and, more than a quarter of household heads support themselves exclusively by collecting fronds.
  • Each palm plant produces 2 to 5 harvestable leaves over a 2 to 4 month period.