All are welcome in this place…as many have heard there were significant votes taken at the UM General Conference this past week. While we at Hawthorne Lane remain faithfully United Methodist we also stand strong in our commitment to welcoming all to God’s table. We know we are called to Be Disciples, Make Disciples, and Transform Lives and we will continue to work toward that goal each and everyday of our life in community together. We are passionate about worshipping together, about growing in our faith together, and serving together…We invite you to come and join us! gay or straight, black or white, democrat or republican, rich or poor …ALL…ALL are welcome in this place and at Christ’s table. The words to “Welcome” by Mark Miller and Laurie Zelman say it best…
Let’s talk together of a time when we will share a feast
where pride and power kneel to serve the lonely and the least
and joy will set the table as we join our hands to pray,
singing welcome, welcome to this place
you’re invited to come and know God’s grace,
all are welcome, the love of God to share
’cause all of us are welcome here,
all are welcome in this place.
(Words by Laurie Zelman and Mark Miller, 2007)
Again this year on the Wednesdays of Lent, the four churches in the Elizabeth Community and the chaplaincy services of Novant and Mercy, will offer noon-time services for all who wish for a deeper experience of the season. Our theme this year is “Meals with a MESSage.” We will be guided by the “meal stories” in the Gospel of Luke and our worship will take place around the tables as we eat a light lunch of soup and bread and ponder what it means to be gathered at Jesus’ Table.
Holy Week Schedule 4/15/19-4/20/19
Monday – Thursday
12 Noon Song & Prayer Services (Kids worship services at the same time with Ms. Lizanne!)
Good Friday Service “Love Unknown” 7pm (The chancel choir will lead with brass, orff instruments, kids, youth, and bells!)
Easter Vigil 11pm!
We are getting back to our roots again this year with this ancient prayer vigil service. Historically an Easter Vigil is service held in Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day – most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday or midnight – and is the first celebration of Easter. (traditionally days began at sunset). This year we will celebrate the Easter Vigil instead of the sunrise service on Sunday morning. Following the service we will gather for coffee and cinnamon rolls as we welcome the resurrection of Christ!
Easter Sunday Morning – 10:30am
All the works – great music and preaching, easter lilies, flowering the cross, a fabulous festive service to honor the resurrection of Jesus!
The preschool will host an Art Show and Silent Auction at Resident Culture! HLUMC members are invited to mix, mingle and socialize with our preschool families and staff as we help raise money for our wonderful school. Please join us April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, you don’t want to miss the fun! Silent Auction items include gift cards from local vendors: Brixx Pizza, Burn Bootcamp, Fashion & Compassion, Fig Tree, Charlotte Knights swag bag, Pasta & Provisions, Perfect Balance, Toys & Co., Stanley, Yoga One and more.
Hawthorne Lane will be holding our annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 13 from 9:30-11am.
The event will be at Aldersgate Retirement Community Epworth-Winter Gardens.
Wednesday March 6th is Ash Wednesday. Come join us in the sanctuary at 6:45pm to start off our Lenten season together with prayer, the Word, and reflection…and of course ashes. The service will be 45minutes long and conclude with time to come to the altar and have the sign of the cross in ash put on your forehead if you choose. Our children will be invited to the Kids Worship 501 room to have a special Ash Wednesday service with Ms. Lizanne and then get to come back to the sanctuary for ashes at the end. Nursery will be provided for the youngest among us. Come to reflect on the ultimate gift of Love.
The Sign and the Sacrifice: A bible study for the weeks of Lent. Have you ever wondered what the Cross means? What Jesus death and resurrection signifies? For five weeks during Lent we will consider these questions, using as a resource Rowan Williams’ “The Sign and the Sacrifice: The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection.” The book is rather short (102 pages), easy to read, and is divided into five neat chapters Pastor Tom will lead discussion at BOTH 9:45 a.m. AND 6:45 p.m. on March 13, 20, 27; and on April 3 and 10. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a short-term study with others at HLUMC.