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Mount Vernon

Baptist Association

March 2017

                                               Associational Easter Musical

The Associational Choir has been preparing a wonderful Easter musical, ”It is Finished.”  I hope that you and your church will come in the spirit of Easter and enjoy this musical.

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

April 9th – 6pm - There will be a fellowship after.  Please bring finger foods.

 

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     Easter,  also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary.  

     Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as "Holy Week"—it contains  Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.  The Easter Season begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday.

     Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.  Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services,  clipping the church (tidying the grounds, church & decorating ), and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb).The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.     Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.

     The New Testament states that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith.  The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness.  For those who trust in Jesus' death and resurrection, "death is swallowed up in victory.  Any person who chooses to follow Jesus receives a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Through faith in the working of God those who follow Jesus are spiritually resurrected with Him so that they may walk in a new way of life and receive eternal salvation.

     Easter is linked to the Passover and Exodus from Egypt recorded in the Old Testament through the Last Supper, sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus that preceded the resurrection. According to the New Testament, Jesus gave the Passover meal a new meaning, as in the upper room during the Last Supper He prepared himself and His disciples for His death.  He identified the matzah and cup of wine as His body soon to be sacrificed and His blood soon to be shed. Paul says, "Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed; " this refers to the Passover requirement to have no yeast in the house and to the allegory of Jesus as the Paschal lamb.

     The first Christians, Jewish and Gentile, were the first to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and timed the observance in relation to Passover.  Direct evidence for a more fully formed Christian festival of Easter begins to appear in the mid-2nd century. Perhaps the earliest extant primary source referring to Easter is a mid-2nd-century Easter homily attributed to Melito of Sardis, which characterizes the celebration as a well-established one.

     Easter is preceded by Lent, a period of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, which begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts forty days (not counting Sundays). The week before Easter, known as Holy Week, is very special in the Christian tradition. The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday, with the Wednesday before Easter being known as Ash Wednesday. The last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (sometimes referred to as Silent Saturday).

 

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Youth Skate Party

The youth outing to the Skating Rink in Dublin was a tremendous success.  We had 25 young people from 5 different churches that had a great time.  We thank Betty Williamson and the others that planned and made it such a success.  Thanks also to the adults that came and helped with the students.

Mount Vernon

Easter Celebrations

 

                                 YOUTH RALLEY

Riddleville Baptist Church

April 8TH – 5-8 pm  

Joshua Porter –Speaker    Basik Truth – Music

 

                                Crucifixion Replication

Adrian Baptist Church

April 14th Good Friday

8:30 – 12noon

                                 Easter Egg Hunt

New Home Baptist

April 15th – 5 pm

 

                                 Easter Musical

Adrian Baptist Church

11 am Easter Sunday

 

                                 Sunrise Services

 

Mount Moriah

Sunrise at the Cross – 8 am

Breakfast and an Easter Egg hunt

 

New Bethel

7am

Breakfast to follow

 

New Home

7am

Breakfast to follow

 

Pleasant Grove

7am

Breakfast to follow

 

Riddleville

7am

Homecoming Service 11am

Covered Dish Meal

Seder Meal – April 23rd – 6pm

 

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                                                          Uganda Mission

Dear Mt. Vernon Association,

Our goal this year for participating in missions in the Mount Vernon Association has exceeded above and beyond than what we had anticipated. Our goal as an association was to provide a chicken coop for the children of the “Faith Baby’s Home” in Iganga, Uganda; so that they may have eggs for protein and that the orphanage may sell the eggs to make a profit for the babies home. Also a missionary team from Wrightsville (Chris & Alicia Mitchell from Pleasant Grove & Roger Byrd from Bay Springs) is planning to build a table for the children to eat on and use for school.

But God blessed us with more in order to meet the great need in Uganda.  I would like to thank Brother Bill Calhoun and our association for the donation last year at the annual meeting to get the ball rolling for raising the money. Since then we have raised over $10,000 for the “Faith Baby’s Home” to help baby orphans who have been abandoned in Uganda. The help to raise these funds have come from our association like New Home Baptist whose donation of $500 will help build a chicken coop, our community like the annual “Breakthrough Revival” took a donation, and surrounding communities like Mt. Zion Baptist in Danville, GA. helped support with over $2,000 for the cause. Because of theses donations we are now able to provide plumbing (a cistern will collect the water and pump in the babies home) with a shower and toilet, beds with mattresses and mosquito nets to protect the children from malaria, and so much more. 

Pastor Moses Kaziba has come to the United States to help raise money for the “Faith Baby’s Home” and will stay until the first week in May. He has been featured in our local paper in the “Johnson Journal” and will be speaking at New Home Baptist on Sunday morning April 23rd and at Bay Springs on Sunday Evening at 6pm on the 23rd as well.

Again thank you Mount Vernon for all your prayers, support, and help in these endeavors for the abandoned children in Iganga, Uganda. 

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In Christ Alone,

Pastor Chris Mitchell