Dear friends,

The 40 days leading up to Easter are a time to somber reflection. It is during this period of Lent that Christians traditionally fast from certain foods, reflect on the suffering of Christ, and prepare their hearts for the most celebratory event in human history – the resurrection of Christ!

This April, our church calendar reflects this same journey, from the sober realities of our broken world to the celebration of Christ who sets us from that brokenness. 

We continue to prepare our hearts for Easter by continuing our own journey through the “Stations of the Cross” teaching series on Sunday morning. If you’ve missed any of those sermons, you can listen to them on the church website at www.fccoceanside.org/sermons.

On Saturday April 1st at 10:30 AM, the Disciple Women’s Fellowship is hosting their annual ladies brunch with a very special guest speaker Susan Johnson, the founder and Executive Director of The Alabaster Jar Project. Susan’s organization helps girls and women escape from human trafficking right here in San Diego. As of today, it’s not too late to reserve a spot! Call the church office at (760) 722-8522 to RSVP.

The following week, on Saturday April 8th from 10:30 AM – 12 PM, First Christian will be hosting a “drive-through drop off” Easter Food Drive to stock the shelves in Sarah’s Pantry – and we could use your help! Through Sarah’s Pantry, we help provide food to more than 150 households every month, and the needs are growing. Last week, we had to close the pantry on Tuesday for lack of food. You can help by committing to donate food, by spreading the word to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and by volunteering to help on the day of the food drive.

Easter services at First Christian begin on Good Friday, April 14th at 7 PM. If you don’t normally attend a Good Friday service, I encourage you to come and bring your family. Easter is not just a one-day event! Learning to organize our lives around the rhythms of the sacred calendar helps us to live more fully into the gospel story. On Easter morning we will be celebrating the resurrected Christ at our 10:30 AM service! There will be a traditional egg hunt for the kids and we will begin a new 3-week teaching series called “Risen.”

Lastly, on April 30th we will be trying something new: We’re going to close out Sunday school classes and have a “Family Day” at the church, where our music, readings, and teaching in the service will be designed to engage whole family, regardless of age.

As you can see, there’s plenty to get involved with! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at the church office. I’m looking forward to celebrating this Easter season with all of you.

God bless,

Jason Coker

Senior Pastor