Happy Easter

“Good News”
 The weekly Newsletter of 
ALL SOULS ECC 
A Welcoming Family of Faith!
March 24, 2016
Please join  us as you are able Maunday Thursday and Good Friday, and we hope to see everyone for EASTER VIGIL on Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Other great things happening below like our Reading Phillies Ticket Sales, our Friendly’s fundraiser, and our April Pot luck!  See below for more details!
Please take the time to read the articles and information in this week’s “GOOD NEWS” including clicking on our prayer list and pray for the requests listed there. See special announcements below about some fundraisers coming up in April, our April Potluck,
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This weeks readings and question of the week:
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday.  And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the Week:

By opening our Easter celebration with an empty tomb, disciples who believe, others who disbelieve, and one who is simply “amazed,”  Luke suggests I ask:  Which disciple am I?  When I leave the empty tomb, to whom shall I go?  What will I “announce?”
Colossians 3:1-4
Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.
Paul shows the two great truths of Christian practice, the first one is “seek the things which are above” and the second is “put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth”. I will now try to explain these two great facts. I believe that what Paul has before him here, where he says “seek the things which are above”, is not the matter of looking on to the glorified Christ, which is the great objective for Paul in 2 Corinthians 3, but rather he means to search out the thoughts of our Lord Jesus Christ in view of the practical walk down here, which thoughts are diametrically opposed to those which are on earth, the philosophies that are developed here by unbelievers. In our practical Christian walk we should not be guided by these philosophies but rather by the thoughts of Christ in relation to the Christian walk.
I would like to tell you a little story to illustrate this. A father passed a field of melons with his little son, and the father said, ‘Son, stay on the road here and look left and right while I go into the field and steal a melon and let me know if anybody comes’, and he went into the field. Suddenly the boy shouted, ‘Father, shall I also look upwards?’ The father turned around and said, ‘Let us leave it’. This is the example that illustrates what it means to seek those things which are above.
(Edited from Max Billeter)

READING FIGHTIN PHILS Ticket Books for Sale!

We are currently selling books of tickets for the Reading Fightin Phils 2016 season as a fundraiser!  We need buyers and sellers!

See Kimmie for more details on selling tickets! See any of our kids to buy ticket books!

Palm Sunday – 1:00 pm
Maunday Thursday – 7:00 pm
Good Friday – 7:00 pm
Easter Vigil – 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday – 1:00 pm

You’re Invited:

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

GOOD FRIDAY, March 25

4:00 pm

Incarnation Lutheran Church
1101 Lancaster Ave, Reading, PA
Special Lenten Charity Offering

Don’t forget to bring your special Lent offering of sacrifice to any service during Holy Week.  Any funds collected for the special Lenten offering will support special outreach missions like Opportunity House; Family First; etc.

April Pot Luck – 7th Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday, April 16 – 6:00 pm – Pine Room
ITS ALL SOULS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!   Come ready for a party!
Bring your favorite dish, desert, drink and/or games, photos from special days at All Souls, and STORIES to share with your All Souls Family.
We hope you can join us!  Mark it in your calendar today!

ALL SOULS FRIENDLY’S FUNDRAISER – 
Thursday, April 21  5 pm-8 pm

Bring your friends, family, coworkers, and others to ALL SOULS night at Friendly’s (3024 Penn Avenue
West Lawn) on Thursday, April 21 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  This is a Fundraiser night for All Souls – but also a chance to be out in the community, enjoy some good food (and ice cream!!!), and tell others about All Souls.      We will also be selling baked good (donations needed) and doing basket raffles.  More surprises and information to come!  Questions? See Kimmie!

How are you doing answering this  past week’s 
question of the week? 
As I look at the blessed palms that declare Jesus’ mercy, whom must I take the initiative to forgive from the heart, sharing this unconditional mercy?