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HOLY WEEK 2017

Photo of altar during Lent

 Maundy Thursday, April 13

Foot Washing 5:30 p.m. (New Time) ~ Fellowship Hall

For centuries Christians have acted out a foot-washing ritual as a way to show caring and humility in our relationships with one another, loving the way that Jesus loves. Foot-washing is a powerful ritual and a way to include all ages in the Holy Week story and is engaging for the oldest and youngest members of our community and everyone in between.

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Dinner 6:00 p.m. ~ Fellowship Hall

Our mid-week meal together will be on Thursday during Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m. ~ Sanctuary

A stunning centerpiece of our Holy Week observations, this Tenebrae-inspired service (“service of shadows”), comprised of music, readings, prayers, and communion, will feature music from the FCC Festival Choir, organist Barbara Baird, and guest soloists Amalia Osuga and Mahsheed Massarat, two talented vocalists from the University of Oregon. The service will also feature both FCC and guest instrumentalists, officiated by the Reverend Melanie Oommen.

Photo of vocalist Amalia OsugaSoprano Amalia Osuga is familiar to our congregation, having sung in past special services. She is a doctoral student in vocal performance at the UO, and has been a featured soloist in such large works as Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Faure’s Requiem. Amalia recently appeared as a soloist in the Steffani Stabat Mater as part of the Oregon Bach Festival with the UO Chamber Choir under the direction of OBF Conductor Matthew Halls. Photo of vocalist Mahsheed Massarat

Mezzo Soprano Mahsheed Massarat is a senior vocal performance major at the UO. She has been a featured soloist with the University Singers, the UO Opera Ensemble, the Springfield Strings Ensemble, and the Eugene Women’s Choral Society.

Prayer Vigil iconGood Friday, April 14

6:00 am – 6:00 pm         Good Friday Vigils 

Please sign up to hold vigil in the Chapel on Good Friday anytime between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Participants may sign up for 30-minute sessions. Bibles and devotional materials will be provided.

Photo of a cross outside with colorful skyEaster Sunday, April 16

Worship Services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Two identical Easter services, featuring Bell and Festival Choirs, and concluding with the massed “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Easter Morning Activities and Fellowship Hour ~ 10:00 a.m.

PreK-K (Ages 5 & younger): Meet in the Chapel for egg hunt.

1st-3rd Graders: Meet in 1st-3rd grade Sunday school classroom for egg hunt.

4th-5th Graders: Meet in 4th-5th grade Sunday school classroom for treasure hunt.

6th-12th Graders: Meet in Senior High Youth Room (upstairs) for Easter egg games and relays.

Fellowship Hour for all in Fellowship Hall.

YEAR ROUND IN THE COMMUNITY

The Interfaith Prayer Service

Interfaith Prayer Service provides a special occasion to pray for peace, cherish our loved ones, reflect upon the interconnectedness of all beings, and to uplift our hearts and minds in a safe environment for all.  We bring together different faith communities in the spirit of harmony and growing appreciation, while nurturing confidence on the universal power of love and unity for all.  Look at the IPSI website (http://interfaithprayer.org/) to learn more or to see this month’s theme.

We meet in Eugene on the 11th of every month at the Main Sanctuary

1166 Oak St., Eugene, Oregon (This is the First Christian Church building)

6:45 p.m. prelude music

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. service

Followed by fellowship. Bring your family and friends!

Free Childcare is available at all services.

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Upcoming Events

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    April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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  • Forum: Transitional Housing #4
    April 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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