Connections

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March

“It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”

WHO DOES JESUS LOVE?

What a radical question. I’m afraid that for too many people, the answer is that if Jesus loves anyone in this world it wouldn’t be them. They have already concluded that they are just not loveable to anyone and especially not to Jesus. They have decided that even if there is a God, he has already removed them from his “To Love” list.

What a tragic existence! To even think that there may be a God they have no hope that he could, or ever would love them. How can they move forward each day? How can they even dare to believe in a future for this life let alone any life after death?

But Easter Sunday changed all of that. Because Jesus did not stay dead we have true hope. Because Jesus did not stay dead we find true love.

So, back to our question: Who does Jesus love?

Jesus loves the guy who needs help finding a job.

He loves the girl who wants to change the world one puppy, or prodigal, or person at a time.

He loves the one who speaks before they think.

He loves the one going through the deepest hurt and worst trial because he identifies with the battle the way they know it.

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31, 2024 Easter Sunday
with Pastor Terrell

He loves the woman everyone is gossiping about.

He loves the boy who loves a girl who doesn’t love him back.

He loves the girl who doesn’t remember what it feels like to be healthy and whole.

He loves the one who tries hard to do the right thing.

He loves the ones whose brains and bodies don’t work the ways they should.

He loves the one who has wrecked his marriage.

He loves the guy who wants to believe but doesn’t yet.

He loves the girl with control issues.

He loves the one who can’t get off the couch to go try again.

He loves the mom who fights for her kids.

He loves the guy who battles fear, cancer, and the future all at the same time.

He loves the underdog and the one who gets ignored, dismissed, or overlooked.

He loves the girl who can’t forgive herself so He does.

He loves the dad who’s trying to be a role model to a son who’s nothing like him.

He loves the girl who sings at the top of her lungs in her morning commute.

He loves the one who needs help and doesn’t deserve it.

He loves us to the greatest degree possible.

He loves each of us.

Jesus loves all of us . . .

Blessings on your week. May you accept the true love that Jesus has for you and the true hope of eternity with Him that He offers you. I do look forward to seeing you this Easter (Resurrection) Sunday, as our choir presents Song of the Lamb, and we look at Jesus: Our One True Hope.

ScheduleforSunday,March31,2024:

Coffee, Donuts and Fellowship @ 9:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

The Saints Class @ 9:00 AM Room #201

Ruth Class @ 9:00 AM Room #202

Prayer Room open @ 9:00 AM Room #206

Morning Worship In-Person & Online @ 10:30 AM in Worship Center

Schedulefortherestoftheweek:

Wednesday @ 6:30 PM Youth Group Fellowship Hall

Thursday@ 6:00 PM Mid-Week Bible Study and Prayer in Fellowship Hall

Saturday@ 9:30 AM Ladies’ Potluck Brunch in Fellowship Hall

Coffee, Donuts and Fellowship

Easter Sunday Fellowship Hall 9:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.

Who can you invite?

Easter Sunday Musical Presentation

First Southern’s Celebration Singers March 31, 2024 10:30 AM

Rejoicing in God’s Goodness

Ladies’ Potluck Brunch Fellowship Hall. $5 tickets

Saturday, April 6, 2024 9:30-11:30 A.M.

*Special Offering to support Stepping Stones will be collected*

$ 10,000.00

Given to date: $ 8,124.00

NEW MEMBERS CONNECTING SEMINAR

IF YOU NEED HELP OR ASSISTANCE

Deacon of the Week:

Gene Moore

928-350-8789

Attend this Seminar taught by Pastor Terrell for a basic introduction to our church family. All-in-One-Day Class Sunday, April 28th beginning at 2:30 PM - dinner included.

Easter Sunday Morning Worship at a glance

“Christ the Lord is Risen Today” “Because He Lives” (Amen)

Welcome & Offertory Prayer

Presentation of Song of the Lamb

Jesus: Our One True Hope

“Because He Lives” “Alive, Alive”

2820 N. Pleasant View Drive

Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 928-772-7218

fsbcpv@firstsouthernpv.org www.firstsouthernpv.org

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday, 8:30AM - 2:30PM

Senior Pastor Terrell Eldreth: 619-244-6265

PastorTerrell@firstsouthernpv.org

Worship Pastor Bart Young 928-254-8713

PastorBart@firstsouthernpv.org

with our worship

First Southern’s Celebration Choir Presents

Directed by Pastor Bart Young

Narrated by Howard Traver

“Made to Worship/ Let the Worshippers Arise”

“The Lamb Who Was Slain”

“Behold The Lamb of God”

“Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone” featuring soloist: Linda Engel

“Lamb of Glory”

“Behold the Lamb”

“I Know My Redeemer Lives” featuring duet: Sandy Garcia & Bonnie Pinkert

“We Will Dance”

“Finale: Glory to the Lamb/ Hallelujah to the Lamb”

Offerings and Connection Cards will be collected in the Offering Boxes located just inside the two main entrances into our Worship Center, as well as in the Office Hallway.

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