WONDROUS ENCOUTERS

God is knowable. As followers of Jesus we are invited not just to understand God, but to experience God. This Lent, as we take the 40-day journey to Easter, we would like to spend less time trying to explain God and more time learning to encounter God through scripture. We would love to journey together with you as we explore the God of the universe who has mysteriously chosen to be available to us, his children—to be present to us in our joy and grief, in our success and failure, in our death and resurrection.

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 1, and we will have the opportunity to strengthen our spiritual disciplines by joining the entire church in Richard Rohr’s study Wondrous Encounters. Our prayer is that we will immerse ourselves in this study either at home through daily readings and prayers, in Sunday School classes or small groups, Lenten Lunches, and devotion/prayer time.

  • Tuesday Devotions and Prayer: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
    Join us as we take time to encounter God on this Lenten journey together with a devotion and quiet space to pray..
  • Wednesday Lenten Lunches: Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., Fellowship Hall
    Come enjoy lunch together. We will provide a light lunch (donations accepted to offset the cost of the meal) or feel free to bring your own. After lunch we will discover, through teaching by our Prayer Team Ministry, how we can encounter God during Lent! Registration required.
  • Thursday Evening Small Group: Thursdays, 7 p.m., DC 407
    Journey together in this weekly study group to help guide us through Lent with rich discussion around how we encounter God. Registration required.

Books are available for $7 in the church office, in Sunday School rooms, and in Crossroads. You may also purchase a digital copy. If you have any questions, please contact Becki Leeland.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER

Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m., CLC gym
Come enjoy a great dinner prepared by the United Methodist Men! Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. All receipts will go to the pastor’s discretionary fund, used by the faith community pastors throughout the year to respond to emergency and special needs for people in the greater Southwest Wake County area.

ASH WEDNESDAY

March 1: 12 and 7 p.m., sanctuary
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent and is a day of fasting and prayer. It is also a time to publicly confess the sin that entangles us. Join us at this service of repentance and renewal as we enter the Lenten season. Childcare will be available for children 3 and under at both services.

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

Sunday, April 9
In our traditional services, the Apex UMC Chancel Choir will present the Requiem of composer Gabriel Fauré at 8:15, 9:35, and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Accompanied by organ and chamber orchestra, this classical work will be interspersed with Scripture and responsive readings that guide us to meditate on Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for all humanity as we begin Holy Week together.

Traditional Services
Sanctuary: 8:15, 9:35 and 11 a.m.

*There will be no Saturday service on April 8. We invite all our Saturday worshippers to come enjoy our music service on Sunday.

MAUNDY THURSDAY

April 13, 7 p.m., Sanctuary
On this day, we commemorate the last supper Jesus celebrated with his disciples. The word Maundy comes from the Latin word “mandatum,” meaning “commandment,” and refers to Jesus’ commandment to love one another. Our worship service will include communion, hymns, Scripture readings and extinguishing of candles.

GOOD FRIDAY

April 14
Remember the death and burial of Jesus. Services are offered at 7 p.m. at The Peak (1200 N. Salem St.) and 519 (Wake Memorial Park mausoleum).

CHILDREN'S EASTER CELEBRATION

Saturday, April 15, 10-11:30 a.m., CLC
Road to Resurrection is an event that guides families through the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. Afterwards, children up to age 11 are invited to an Easter egg hunt!

EASTER SUNDAY

Sunday, April 16
Come and worship our risen Lord!

Traditional Services
Sanctuary: 8:15, 9:35 and 11 a.m.

Contemporary Services
Christian Life Center: 9:35 and 11 a.m.

Please bring cut flowers, greenery and cuttings from your azaleas, flowering trees, etc. on Easter morning to decorate the cross beside Crossroads and celebrate that Christ is risen!

*There will be no Saturday service on April 15. We invite all our Saturday worshippers to worship at one of our services on Sunday.

*We invite all children and volunteers to worship with their families on Easter Sunday! There will be no youth or children’s Sunday School or Children’s Church. Nursery for ages 3 and under is available for all worship services.