2009-04-03 / Community

Easter Activities Planned At First Congregational

The Covenant Players has pioneered the use of drama as a communications resource in churches around the world since 1963. The group also uses the dramatic arts to support the work of educators and social workers in various countries. The Metropolis Unit of Covenant Players will be conducting a dramatic worship service at First Congregational Church on Palm Sunday. The Metropolis Unit includes: (L to R) Larry Howser, Suzy Quackenbush, and Samantha Smith. An additional player from the group, who is not pictured, is Don Mohan. The Covenant Players has pioneered the use of drama as a communications resource in churches around the world since 1963. The group also uses the dramatic arts to support the work of educators and social workers in various countries. The Metropolis Unit of Covenant Players will be conducting a dramatic worship service at First Congregational Church on Palm Sunday. The Metropolis Unit includes: (L to R) Larry Howser, Suzy Quackenbush, and Samantha Smith. An additional player from the group, who is not pictured, is Don Mohan. The religious community at First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach is looking forward to a prayerful and enjoyable conclusion to the Easter season, beginning this weekend, a church spokesperson says.

On Sunday, April 5, at 11 a.m., the Covenant Players will lead a dramatic Palm Sunday worship service. Fresh palm fronds will be distributed.

All from the community are invited to attend. Then, following the service, a benefit for the FCC community food pantry will be held.

Bring four boxed or canned food items to donate, and you will be admitted to a light lunch and a performance of "Grease" by the Potluck Players of FCC, featuring the church's new young pastor, Joseph Medlin, "strutting his stuff" as greaser Danny Zuko, backed up by the Pink Ladies and the rest of the cast.

Other services will be held throughout the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m. is the solemn and moving commemoration of The Last Supper among Jesus and his disciples, followed on Friday, April 10 by the Good Friday remembrance of Christ's crucifixion, starting at 8 p.m.

The season comes to a conclusion on April 12, Easter Sunday. The church is pleased to announce that this year, a 6:15 a.m. sunrise service will be held on the beach on Beach 94 Street (if weather permits).

Following the service, at 8 a.m., the Phoenix Youth Group will serve a full breakfast, including pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, eggs, cereal, bagels, muffins, coffee, tea and juice.

Donation for the breakfast is $6, and all proceeds will benefit youth group activities.

There is also a traditional Easter Service in the church at 11 a.m. on April 12.

Additionally, continuing through the Easter Season, Pastor Joseph Medlin of First Congregational will be moderating a 10-week program of study and group discussion based on readings from the controversial book "Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary" by Marcus J. Borg of Oregon State University. The meetings will be held on Tuesdays through May 26, and participants can choose either a lunchtime group at 1 p.m., or an evening group that meets at 7 p.m.

A church spokesperson says that this promises to be "an incredible journey to discover who Jesus was, what he taught, and why he still matters today."

For information about joining this book discussion group, call Pastor Medlin at the number below.

First Congregational Church, formed in 1886, was one of the earliest houses of worship in the Rockaways. An Open and Affirming Member of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational is located at 320 Beach 94 Street in Rockaway Beach.

For more information about the church, you may contact Pastor Medlin by calling 718-634-4701, e-mailing to firstcongregational@earthlink.net, or visiting the website www.first-congregational. com.

The church's slogan states: "No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!"

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