During this COVID19 crisis, we are open for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM in our gym with adequate social distance in our seating.

We are following CDC guidelines while at the same time exercising the critical and essential need for community in-person worship. We welcome you to join us

Palm Sunday April 5

 

Palm Sunday April 5, 2020

To honor the directives of our public health officials and to safeguard our fellow citizens we will NOT be having Worship service in the sanctuary or the small group Bible Studies.

However, like the last 2 Sundays, I will be at the church at 10:30 AM to have the food pantry open for any who need access to the supply of canned goods. And there will be food from the Saturday food distributions that will also be available. Also, during the week you may call Pastor Dan to set up a time to have access to the food pantry.

In addition, the area in the back of the church by the cross will be open for prayer. There is plenty of space amid fresh air and sunshine for the gathering to be CDC compliant. At 10:30 I will give a short scriptural meditation. Access to the food distribution and the cross area is through the gate between the children’s classrooms.

And in celebration of Palm Sunday’s significance, I encourage all who are able to take a Palm Sunday walk in commemoration of the walk the disciples took in going up to Jerusalem and praising God while Jesus was riding on a donkey. Take a walk shouting “Hosanna” and praying for your neighbors. Sue and I will be walking around the church neighborhood and praying for the community.

Also, I am posting on our website (www.maryvalechurch.org) under Pastor Dans Blog a Palm Sunday worship service that you can use during a time of meditation and prayer. And any insights you receive during your prayer, I encourage you to share with others by text or call or Facebook, etc.

Each day of Holy week – the last week of Jesus’ earthly life – there will be a new blog commemorating the traditional scriptural events of that day.

  1. Saturday – in Bethany at the home of Lazarus, Mary anointing Jesus feet
  2. Sunday – Jesus entrance into Jerusalem
  3. Monday – Cleansing of the Temple
  4. Tuesday – Teaching in the Temple
  5. Wednesday – Judas; scheme: Let’s make a deal
  6. Thursday – Last supper
  7. “Good” Friday – Trial and crucifixion
  8. Saturday – Victorious preaching in “hell”
  9. Easter Sunday – Resurrection

 

Remember these CDC directives: In order to protect yourself from a possible infection:

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·        Stay home when you are sick.

·        Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 

LIST of Essential Services in Arizona       Arizona Coronavirus Update – March 30

Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except to conduct or participate in essential activities …

 

Essential services include: Charitable and social services

 

Essential Activities include: Engaging in constitutionally protected activities, such as speech and religion, voting, legal or court process

 

 

 

 

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