Dear Point Hope Family,

Praying for you all today as we head into Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and EASTER! And feeling so thankful for everyone who has stepped up to SERVE this Easter. We are so thankful for each of you. This is a hard week for all of us on so many levels because of the gravity of what we believe and what we know Christ experienced. BUT it ends with a huge celebration. I am so excited because EASTER is coming and we get to celebrate together!

As I prayed for you this week, I also prayed for the families in our community who think Easter is only about the Easter Bunny. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not against the Bunny, he is super fun for kids but I LOVE that as a believer, Easter is so much more than what our culture sometimes sees. Did you know that 60 percent of our Park West and Dunes West neighbors do not go to church? Wow – 60 percent. That is greater than half.

As I was preparing for Easter Sunday’s message, “When is Empty Good?” which is rooted in Matthew 28, I also looked at the end of Matthew 28 where Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

And I thought about those 60 percent. Our church helped a lady pay her light bill this week and I loved being a part of that. It is what Jesus did and he also met spiritual needs. Our community has a lot materially, and I believe that the greatest way we can help someone in our community this Easter is to INVITE them to church.

Please pray for the spiritual needs of the 60 percent. Please pray that we, Point Hope, would continue to meet people where they are and look past our own interests but in humility care about the lost, the broken, and the physically and spiritually destitute within our community.

Thank you for inviting some bunny to church… You never know what God is going to do with this one act of service. Thank you for working to have two services: ushering, singing, preparing food, hosting, greeting, handing out flowers, driving the shuttle, doing our prayers or announcements, running sound and slides, parking in the Rec. Dept. lot, and serving in kids – ALL in an effort to bring God glory and share His love with that 60 percent and one another. It means a lot to me as your pastor, but it means even more to God. I know He will bless our efforts and increase His kingdom here at Point Hope.

In His Service Together,

Pastor Elizabeth