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Faith in Focus: Palm Sunday marks start of Holy Week

The Summit Church will host an Easter festival and egg hunt Saturday, March 19.
The Summit Church will host an Easter festival and egg hunt Saturday, March 19. COURTESY OF THE SUMMIT CHURCH

The holiest days of the year are ahead for members of the Christian faith. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 20.

Palm Sunday celebrates the day that Christians believe Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem. Accounts of that procession appear in all four Gospels, which are the first four books of the New Testament of the Bible that depict the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

The biblical stories recount how followers covered Jesus’ path in palm fronds as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The custom of the time was to cover the path of high-ranking people with palm fronds, and palms were also a symbol of triumph and victory.

In modern times, many Christian churches incorporate palm fronds and processionals into Palm Sunday services.

Holy Week begins as a joyous celebration, but the stories in the Gospel detail that in a matter of days Jesus will be betrayed, he will have his Last Supper with his 12 apostles, he will be arrested, crucified and buried in a tomb.

And then on Easter Sunday, joy returns in the faith, as Christians celebrate the holiest day of the year, the day they believe Jesus was resurrected.

Easter festival

The Summit Church welcomes everyone to join its Easter Festival and Egg Hunt from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March, 19, at the Blue Ridge Campus, 3249 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

The church will celebrate the beginning of spring with games, inflatables, an egg hunt with prizes and free breakfast. The kids don’t get to have all the fun – there will also be an adult egg hunt and gift cards. All activities are free.

The Summit Church is located in nine communities across the Triangle. For more information, go to summitrdu.com.

Coffeehouse

Two ministries at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host their monthly activities.

The March Coffeehouse is earlier than usual, on Friday, March 18, because of the Easter holiday. Coffeehouse will be sponsored by the GSLC Senior Adult Ministry, and will include the popular Coffeehouse bingo event.

The team is in search of extra volunteers and bingo prize donations. The group is seeking prizes of gently used adult-size sports team or college sweatshirts, ball caps, backpacks, tote bags, purses, teddy bears, flashlights, decorative pillows, playing cards and costume jewelry. A donation box is located in the church’s narthex.

Coffeehouse starts at 7 p.m. Friday, with volunteers arriving at 6:30 p.m. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.gslchurch.org.

Coffeehouse provides an inclusive evening of entertainment, refreshments, social interaction and fellowship for adults of all abilities.

Meanwhile, he monthly SHiNE worship service is designed for participants of all abilities and their families. It will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in the sanctuary.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at carla.turchetti.writer@gmail.com.

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