where love is alive 

Time certainly flies and we are only a few days away from the end of March. The familiar adage about the third month says that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  Indeed.  March begins under the harsh bluster of winter and exits with the welcome bloom of spring. While March’s beginning and ending reflect distant extremes, April opens and closes with a far more consistent pattern.

Here at North Cleveland Baptist, April begins and ends on a theme of mission support. On Sunday night, April 6, we are hosting our first ever Missions Craft Fair for our Kenya Mission Trip.  Following our evening worship time we will make our way to the activity building to enjoy the handiwork abilities of our church family. If you want to display or market your craft items, I hope you will host a booth. All we ask is that some portion of your proceeds help the Kenya Mission Team. Note that we have a very broad definition of “crafts.” You can feature food items like cookies, salsa, or chili. Or you may have items from a hobby you wish to share. To reserve a booth, contact the church office.  And EVERYONE should attend.

April will go out with a Yard Sale in the front parking lot also to benefit the Kenya Mission Team on April 26. If you have items you want to donate for this sale, you may bring them to the church after April 21. Because of limited storage to hold these items, please wait until after this date to drop off donations. Then join us in bargain shopping on April 26.

And, of course, in the middle of April is our annual Easter Offering for Southern Baptist Missions in North America.  This year’s challenging goal is $7000.00. Special offering envelopes are in pew racks and in the packets of offering envelopes many of you receive in the mail.

PLUS, there is the celebration of Jesus’ mission to give His life for our sins and to demonstrate His authority over death and the grave through His victorious resurrection!

One thing that continues from March into April is our worship series on “I Am Jesus!”  I look forward to seeing you this Sunday with reflections on Jesus’ identification: “I am the good shepherd.”                                     Jay



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