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Noon Joint Good Friday Service – Friday, April 22

Please join us at First United Methodist Church for any of six half-hour mini-services starting at 12pm and ending at 3pm.  These are the hours of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Participating churches include: College Avenue United Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, Geneva Presbyterian, Modesto Church of the Brethren, and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Friday, April 22, 12pm – 3pm, First United Methodist Church, 850 16th Street and I Street, Modesto

Easter Sunday Service – April 24

Sunday, April 24, 10 am, Sanctuary

We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with joyful music and praise.

Easter Sunrise Service – April 24

Sunday, April 24, 6:30 am, Church’s Front Lawn

This simple service led by Sandy Sample celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and resurrection in our own lives.


Good Friday Tenebrae Service – April 22

Friday, April 22, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

In this dramatic candle-light service that ends in darkness, we reflect on the story of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death on a cross.  Several local churches will participate with us in this service.

Maundy Thursday Service – April 21

Communion and Foot Washing
Thursday, April 21, 7 pm, Sanctuary

Come and celebrate Jesus’ institution of a meal to help us connect to God and each other in one Spirit, and a ritual of foot washing to help us remember Jesus’ command to love one another.  Participation in foot-washing is optional.


Palm Sunday Service – April 17

Sunday, April 17, 10 am, Sanctuary

Before worship, we gather outside to wave palm branches and march behind a giant street-puppet of Jesus.  The march recalls Jesus’ brave entry into Jerusalem where he was arrested and sentenced to death for offering God’s power to all people, angering religious and civil authorities.

Holy Week – April 17 to April 24

During Holy Week, we recount the final events in the life of Jesus, ending with his execution for proclaiming a radical message inviting all to live God’s dream of a Kingdom where forgiveness, compassion, and self-giving replace the ways of judgment, power, and division.

Lenten Meditation Practices

Prayer of the Heart: A Christian Contemplative Meditation and Prayer Practice
Wednesday, March 16, March 30, and April 13, 7pm, Sanctuary

You may attend one or all three contemplative meditation and prayer sessions to learn the ancient Christian practice known as Prayer of the Heart (also called “The Jesus Prayer” or Hesychasm). Instructions will be repeated, but each session will build successively to teach the complete practice. The early Christian Desert Mothers and Fathers developed this interior prayer practice for the purpose of achieving mystical divine union with God by opening the heart to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Each session will begin with a short teaching and instruction, followed by a meditation practice period, a short walking meditation period, and another meditation practice period. Everyone is welcome! Those who are new to contemplative prayer or meditation are especially invited to participate.


Epiphany Celebration Thursday Night!

Come to College Avenue for a soup-only potluck, some carols, and a visit by the Three Kings!

Epiphany Celebration: Thursday, January 6, 5:30 p.m., College Avenue.

Epiphany Celebration! – Thursday, Jan. 6

Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings Day, or the Twelfth Day of Christmas) has long been celebrated as the end of the Christmas season.

At College Avenue, we celebrate by gathering in the Fellowship Hall to share a simple soup supper, to enjoy the scent of frankincense and myrrh, and to gather round a bonfire to sing carols for the last time, burning the last of our Christmas greens.  We also await the arrival of our Three Kings.  After the Kings have paraded around the fire, we return to Fellowship Hall to share Doris Scanlon’s Epiphany bread–those who find the three dimes hidden in the bread will be the Three Kings for the next year.

Please bring soup or bread to share (no salad or desserts, please), live greens from your holiday decorations, and a willingness to bid farewell to the Christmas season.

Epiphany Celebration: Thursday, January 6, 5:30 p.m., College Avenue.