This Sunday at CPC, March 17, 2024

Fifth Sunday in Lent
9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Scripture  John 15:1-15
Sermon  Finding Hope in the Vine
The image of the people of God as the Lord’s vineyard was well-known in the Old Testament; here Jesus offers an even richer version: “I am the vine, the Lord is the vinedresser, and you are the branches.”
 
To worship online live or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.
 
Hands-on mission this Sunday, 10 a.m.: take down our homeless shelter. Your light labor will help us undo the PVC and screens that make up our temporary sleeping areas. Come to the courtyard of the education building at 10 a.m. Thanks!
 
Honor a loved one with Easter flowers for the sanctuary on Easter (names to be included in the bulletin). Contribute $10 by check (memo: flowers) or at www.Christ-Pres.Church/giveInclude a note specifying In Memory of… or In Thanksgiving for… Deadline: March 25.
 
This is the fifth Sunday in Lent. For forty days (excluding Sundays) we are invited to take a spiritual journey to the cross and empty tomb. During Lent, the people of God look within to the condition of our own souls, and beyond to how God calls us to live in the world.  Our 2024 Lenten devotional, A Good Enough Lent is available in the lobby. Pick up your copy today or read it online at http://tinyurl.com/2p9bryym
 
Coffee service is available after Sunday services.
 
Holy Week Worship begins with Palm Sunday on March 24 remembers the triumphal entry of Christ into the holy city of Jerusalem and a glimpse of what is to come. Holy Thursday recalls the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples. On Good Friday we tell the story of Christ’s passion and death as shadows (“tenebrae”) lengthen in the sanctuary. Easter Day is the celebration of resurrection and hope, the beginning of the seven Sundays of Eastertide. To truly celebrate Easter, one must first come to the foot of the cross; we are all encouraged to worship on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or both.
  March 24     Palm Sunday Worship & Drama, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
                          Eggventure Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.
              28     Holy Thursday Communion, 7:00 p.m.
              29     Good Friday Tenebrae, Noon and 7:00 p.m.
              31      Easter Sunday Worship, 6:30 (outdoors), 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
 
Our Lenten sermon series Finding Hope in Troubles Times, explores resources for hope found in the “I am…” sayings in the gospel of John.    
Feb,  25  Finding Hope in the Light of the World (8:12, 1:1-9)
March 3  Finding Hope in the Bread of Life (6:25-35)
         10  Finding Hope in the Good Shepherd 10:11-16)
         17  Finding Hope in the Vine (15:1-15)
         24  Finding Hope in the Way, the Truth, & the Life (14:1-9)
Join Sunday’s small group on the Vine at 10:15 in the adult ed room
   
Children and Youth
Sunday School meets in the Education Building, room 1. Join us for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: www.Christ-Pres.Church/sign-up/  Contact Cathy Love for details: cathyl@cpclacosta.org
              9:30-10:15: K-5th grade, after the children’s message
            11:00-11:45: K-5th grade, after the children’s message
 
Nursery care and preschool program (ages 0-4) is available in the Education Building, first room on the left, look for the blue door.
 
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)  Wednesdays in the Youth Room, 5:00—6:30 p.m. for in-person youth group and the BEST night of the week for games, friends and so much FUN.
 
High School Youth (9th-12th grade)
Mondays, dinner out 6:00—7:00 pm.  Details: Pastor Eileen: eileenv@cpclacosta.org