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Upcoming church-related events 4-6-2012

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 Christian Life Assembly of God
Easter Week services continue on Easter morning at 10:45 a.m with “The Thorn Experience” a story of the love, sacrifice and hope of Easter at the Christian Life Assembly of God.
The church is at 9644 S.W. County Road 484, near State Road 200.

Countryside Presbyterian
April 6, Good Friday at noon, there will be a service recalling Jesus’ crucifixion with the Rev. Gary Marshall officiating.
April 8, Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m., there will be a celebratory Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Gary Marshall officiating. Chancel and Handbell choirs under the direction of JoAnn Shaw will perform. The church is at 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. For information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

First Congregational UCC

Easter Celebration: Sunday, April 8, Sunrise Service at 6:45 followed by breakfast. Traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. with chancel choir and bell choir.
The church is at 7171 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, 352-237-3035. Pastor Rev. Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr.

Ocala West United Methodist
Good Friday – April 6, 7 p.m. – a Reflection Service; Easter Celebration – Sunday April 8, four services with special music and message; 6:30 a.m. Sunrise, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550. Pastor is the Rev. Alan Jefferson.

St. Jude Catholic Community
The Bereavement Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one will meet on Tuesdays,
April 10 and April 24, at 1 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone in the community with a need to share their feelings of grief. Please call the church office at 347-0154 prior to each meeting you plan to attend.
Creole Masses for the Haitians in our community are celebrated every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. The next dates are April 8 and April 22
Classes for Spanish as a second language continue to be offered every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
On Good Friday, April 6, at 3 p.m. is the reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross and distribution of Holy Communion.
On Saturday, April 7, the 4 p.m. Mass will not be celebrated. The Easter Vigil Service of Light begins at 7 p.m. with the lighting of the new fire followed by the Mass of the Resurrection. Catechumens are received into the Church at this Mass. Easter Sunday Masses will be at the usual times of 8 and 10 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Spanish and 5 p.m. in Creole.

Church of the Advent
The Church of the Advent located at 11251 S.W. County Road 484 (across from the fire department) is having a Lenten program based on a book written by Bill Johnson titled “When Heaven invades Earth” We are inviting you to join us.
A soup and bread supper is being served at 5;30 p.m. with the study beginning promptly at 6.
Our Holy Week schedule is as follows;
Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion on Sunday, April 1 at 8 and 10 a.m.
Tenebrae: Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
Good Friday: Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 8 at 8 and 10 a.m.

Chabad Jewish Center
Community members are invited to participate in the Chabad Jewish Center of Marion County’s community Seders to be held on Friday night, April 6.  The  Seder will feature rich discussion about Passover, delicious Glatt Kosher food, and joyous singing. Chabad Rabbi Yossi Hecht of the Chabad Jewish Center, will facilitate the inter-generational program.
The community Passover Seder will be held on April 6, at 7:30 p.m., at The Chabad Jewish Center, 3500 S.W. 34th Ave. Circle.  Seders cost $36 per adult and  free for children under 12, early bird special $30 per adult must be reserved  by March 25, by contacting the Chabad Jewish Center at 352-291-2218 or email info@jewishmarion.org  or visit our website at http://www.JewishMarion.org. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday night, April 6, (7:32 p.m.), until after nightfall on Saturday, April 14. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and will be celebrated with festive “Seder” dinner on April 6. Other holiday observances include restricting the consumption of leavened products such as bread and pasta, instead eating unleavened matzah. Additional information about the Passover holiday is available at http://www.JewishMarion.org/Passover.

College Park Church
Easter services at College Park Church, 3140 S.W. 26th St., across from CF, will be at 8 and 10 a.m.
Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. All are welcome. For information, call 352-237-2247.
Farm Ministry service
Everyone is invited to join local churches at a special “Son” Rise Community Service at Ocala Farm Ministry Easter Sunday, April 8, at 8 a.m., followed by a free Pancake Breakfast at Fellowship Baptist Church from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and service at 10:30 a.m. Ocala Farm Ministry is at 501 N.W. 110th Ave.; Fellowship Baptist Church is at 10500 U.S. Hwy. 27 North, Ocala. Call Fellowship at 352-629-5379 for more information.

Southwest Christian Church
Southwest Christian Church Presents:  Evidence of grace:  “Tracing God’s Hand of Mercy”, Palm Sunday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4 yrs. to 11 yrs. old, Free Hot Dogs and Games,  9045 SW 60th Ave. Ocala, (352)861-9080 and www.swccocala.com

Temple Beth Shalom
Temple Beth Shalom will hold a traditional Passover Seder on Saturday, April 7 at 5 p.m. at the Temple, 1109 N.E. 8th Ave. Ocala. The cost of the Seder is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. Call Shifra at 352-812-2926 for reservations or questions.


Community Congregational UCC
The Community Congregational UCC church of Marion Oaks is pleased to announce the installation of Pastor Dr. David Wild. Pastor Wild and his wife Barbara, married 39 years, have two daughters and five grandchildren. They come to us from Harrisburg, Pa. Pastor Wild attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, the Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, and the Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, Louisiana. Pastor David is an exciting and energetic person by nature and has brought to our congregation powerful messages intertwined with wit and humor.
We would be pleased to have you join us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Refreshments follow the service and an Adult Bible Study is available at 11:30 a.m.
Some of the upcoming events prepared by Pastor Dave include a Maundy Thursday service, April 5 at 4 p.m. and on Good Friday, April 6 at noon, followed by the Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m.