April 12, 2019

We invite you to join us for Palm Sunday and Holy Week next week.  We have many events and hope something appeals to your spirit.  If you are joining us for the Lenten Retreat, you’ll want to plan ahead so you can navigate the Salt Lake Marathon runners and road closures tomorrow morning.


This sermon focuses on the Passion, particularly, the thief on the cross.  Jesus is crucified alongside two thieves (“criminals”).  The story of the thieves is the story of how persons may respond to the sacrifice of Jesus.  One mocks Jesus, the other seeks his grace.  When Jesus responds to the inquiry of the repentant thief, he says “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).  The Greek word translated as “paradise” is the word used in the Greek Old Testament for the Garden of Eden.  Jesus moves the thief from the curse of the tree of Golgotha to a garden of trees in Paradise.  Redemption removes us from the just penalty of our rebellion and restores us to God’s original intent.  A redeemed creation becomes the residence of those redeemed by the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  “Everything that lies between Eden’s gate and the New Jerusalem, the bulk of our Bibles, is in essence a huge rescue plan” (Richter 129).  On that terrible day we see unfolding the reversal of the curse and the beautiful story of redemption and hope.


Sunday, April 14th

  • Parents and kids will have a special festival Sunday School to celebrate Palm Sunday and Holy Week at 10:10 in the Gym.

Thursday, April 18th

  • Maundy Thursday service, with communion at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Friday, April 19th

  • Good Friday.  Church office is closed.

  • Easter Dinner meal preparation (slicing ham) 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Wasatch.

Saturday, April 20th

  • Easter Dinner meal preparation 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the soup kitchen.

  • Easter Dinner meal serving 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the soup kitchen.

Sunday, April 21st

  • Easter Sunday worship service at 9:00 a.m., followed by coffee hour.

  • Easter Sunday worship service at 11:15 a.m., followed by coffee hour.

  • Children’s Ministry Easter Celebration. 10:10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.


The Deacons are now taking orders for Easter Lilies at $15.00 per plant.  Orders must be received no later than THIS SUNDAY.  Forms are available in the church sanctuary or in the office.  When placing your order, include a dedication for your loved ones.


We continue the Wasatch tradition of serving a traditional Easter Dinner at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall downtown (437 W 200 S).  This year the meal will be served the day before on Saturday, April 20th.  Ages 12 and older are invited and encouraged to help.  Shift options are: Meal Preparation 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the soup kitchen Meal Serving 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the soup kitchen.  To sign up, see the clipboard in Fellowship Hall or contact Rebecca at rsandulli@wpcslc.org.


We are in need of Ushers/Greeters for our summer service.  Beginning on Sunday, May 19th we move to one service at 10:00 a.m.  This is a wonderful way to be involved at Wasatch and serve our community!  If you are interested please contact Doug Howe at Howe.family@comcast.net.


5th and 6th graders are invited to join us for a night of games, food and service TOMORROW NIGHT (4/13) at 5:00 p.m. in the Loft.  We’ll play minute to win it games, do a Breakout Box Challenge (think a cross between an escape room and a scavenger hunt...really fun!), have dinner, stuff eggs for Easter and watch a movie.  See you there!


Children’s Ministry -  Palm Sunday Party in the Gym @ 10:10.

Youth - Service project in the Loft filling bags of candy for Easter dinner @ 10:10.

Adult Ed. Meditation Class - A class on “Manifesting God within and around through prayer, meditation, sacred readings and mindfulness” led by Peggy Riedesel in room 355 at 8:15 a.m.

Adult Ed. Class - “The Story of God” film series - Each week a religious question is raised and it is answered by examining the positions of various world religions.  Led by David Harris in Room 355 @ 10:10 a.m.

Adult Ed Class Lectionary Class - Led by Peter Stirba in Room 356 at 10:10.

Adult Ed. Wasatch 101 - Are you new to Wasatch and have questions about how things at the church work?  If so, this may be the class for you.  We meet in room 116 downstairs.  Please email Doug Howe for more information doughowedds@gmail.com.


Join us on Tuesday, April 16th around 8:00 p.m. at the Sugarhouse Pub.  No need to RSVP, just show up!

A draft of each student's Statement of Faith is due this Wednesday, April 17th.  Please email it to dfleishman@wpcslc.org.