FINDING YOUR PURPOSE THIS EASTER

Easter is a time of celebration and we hope you will consider joining us for this special day. 

Below you'll find a look at the events leading up to Easter as well as what's happening on Easter Sunday, April 17th.

 

If this will be your 1st time at 1st Church, please click the button below to learn more about what to expect. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER - APRIL 10th - APRIL 17th

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A NOTE FOR EASTER

Rev. Jonathan Jonas - Senior Pastor

When I recently misplaced my phone I went through the house trying to recall where I’d been and to retrace where I’d walked. In the words of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, “It was in the last place I looked.” Honestly, though, I looked in many wrong places before I found the right place. 


We live in a seeking, searching world, and though life in this context can be exciting and adventurous, it can also feel unfulfilling and ultimately meaningless. Each quest leads to another with no guarantee of ultimate discovery. 


We seek fulfillment in possessions and accolades. 

We seek affirmation in awards and social media likes. 

We seek escape in substances and destinations. 

We seek our self-esteem in the respect and admiration of others. 

We seek to bolster our rightness by showing others to be wrong. 

We seek comfort in the familiar and the similar. 

We seek . . . 


On the first day of the week a couple of millennia ago, some women visited a tomb in a garden - a place they’d been before in search of a person they’d long loved. It made perfect sense to them to look for this one in this place. Imagine their surprise when two angels asked them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” 


That may be just the question we and our world need to hear this Easter. Can it be that we’re still looking in lots of wrong places for meaning and fulfillment? What if we would seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, rather than letting it be the last place we looked? 


St. Augustine wrote that our hearts are restless until they find rest in God. This Easter, I pray that you find exactly what you’re looking for—fulfillment, purpose, love, grace, mercy, peace, hope, comfort, and rest—in the living Lord Jesus Christ.


For more than 25 years, 1st United Methodist Church has supported the mission of Habitat for Humanity.   This organization seeks to put God's love into action by building and repairing homes.  This year's Easter Offering will go to Blount County's Habitat for Humanity to help with a future home build and the home repair mission of the organization. 


WAYS TO GIVE TO THE EASTER OFFERING

  • Mark your check with "Easter Offering" in the memo line and put in the offering plate.  
  • Mail your check to: 804 Montvale Station Road, Maryville, TN 37803
  • Give online by clicking the "Easter Offering Online Giving" button below. 


easter offering online giving


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WHAT IS LENT?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.


The origins of Lent were that one was to leave their old life behind, to fast and prepare to be baptized in a new way of living, one where you live a more expansive and full life of faith. 


Our theme for the Lenten season is Full to the Brim. It's an invitation into a radically different Lent, into a full life, one where you are invited to be authentically who you are, pouring out even more grace wherever it is needed.  When this happens, we are filled to the brim with God's lavish love and that love spills over.


Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.


(Sources: Ask the UMC and Full to the Brim from A Sanctified Art LLC)