Upcoming religious events 04-15-2011

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JoyLutheran Church


On Maundy Thursday, April 21, at 6:45 p.m., this worship service begins the three days of Christ’s Passion. Holy communion will be offered in memory of the Last Supper. The altar will be stripped in honor of Christ’s death and at the end of service; the sanctuary will be left in the dark.

On Good Friday, April 22, at 6:45 p.m., church members will give a scripture-based live performance of the Stations of the Cross. The performers will take us through the final hours of Jesus' life, along with prayer and meditation, embracing the commitment of God's love toward humanity. Christ's journey to the cross is a prologue to the resurrection which would have no meaning without Good Friday.

The joy of Easter Sunday will begin at 6:30 a.m. outdoors in the Memorial Garden (weather permitting). A continental breakfast will follow this sunrise service in Swenson Hall. Two services will follow at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. The church will be decorated with spring flowers and the Bell and Vocal Choirs will perform.

These Holy Week services are open to the public and all are welcome.

JoyLutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. For more information call 352-854-4509 ext 221.


Our Redeemer

Our Redeemer will have services on these dates and times: Maundy Thursday (April 21) - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Good Friday (April 22): 11 a.m. -7 p.m.

Easter Sunday (April 24) 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. We welcome everyone to join us for this celebration. We are at 5200 S.W. State Road 200 (west of I-75). Phone is 352-237-2233. Pastor is Joe Adams. 


Reflections Church

Family Day -- There will be a Family Day event at Reflections church after the 10:15 a.m. service on April 17. Bring the family for service and stay for the Easter egg hunt for the kids and a scavenger hunt for teens.

Easter Sunday service times -- On Easter Sunday, April 24, Reflections Church will be having two morning services at 9:27 and 10:57. There will be no evening services on Easter Sunday, so that families can spend time together after worship. Reflections Church meets in Citrus Springs at the Community Center. Child care is available during services.


First Congregational United Church of Christ

Palm Sunday - April 17: In recent years, Palm Sunday has signified the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as well as His Passion. The UCC Hand Bell Choir will begin Palm Sunday Service with "The Prelude," and the Chancel Choir will sing "On That Day when He Rode Into Jerusalem," with contrasting sections of the crowd shouting the joyous hosannas and the dreadful events of the crucifixion.
Worship Service and distribution of palms at 10:30 a.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200.
Maundy Thursday - April 21: Worship Service at 7 p.m. At this moving and beautiful communion service, the Chancel Choir will present the first two movements of the cantata "On the Passion of Christ," which also includes an accompanying visual presentation.
Easter Sunday - April 24: Join members and guests of the church for Sunrise Service at 8 a.m., followed by a full breakfast in the Enrichment Center. Please call 352-620-4532 for reservations and information. The highlight of the day will be our joyful Easter Worship Service which begins at 10:30 a.m. The anthem will be "Come to the Tomb and Live Forevermore."




St. Jude Catholic Community


The Bereavement Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one will meet on Tuesday, April 26 at 1 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone in the community with a need to share their feelings of grief.

The Sunday LifeLong Learning Religious Education Program classes continue every Sunday and Wednesday.

Creole Masses for the Haitians in our community are celebrated every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. The next date is April 24.

Classes for Spanish as a second language continue to be held every Thursday at

11:30 a.m.

Stations of the Cross continue every Friday at 8:30 a.m. in English through April 15 and at 7 p.m. in Spanish through April 22.

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 17, with the reading of the Lord’s Passion. Blessed palms will be distributed at all weekend Masses. The Chrism Mass at which all Holy Oils to be used during the coming year are blessed, will be celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 20, at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando at 6:30 p.m.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on Holy Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. During the Mass the Washing of the Feet ceremony will take place. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow until midnight. On Good Friday, April 22, at 3 p.m. is the reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross and distribution of Holy Communion.

On Saturday, April 23, 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 a.m. and 10 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Spanish and 5 p.m. in Creole.

The St. Jude Men’s Society is serving fish dinners every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 6 p.m. through April 15. Ticket cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children under the age of 12 and may be purchased at the door. As usual, takeouts will be available. All are invited to come and enjoy a good meal and fellowship. St. Jude Catholic Community is located at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks.


Christ’s Church of Marion County

Sunday, April 17: "You Were Shaped for Serving God." Sunday school 10 a.m., Palm Sunday Worship service 11 a.m.

Friday, April 22: Good Friday Movie "The Passion of the Christ", 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 24: Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, 11 a.m., Seeing and Believing the Messian, Easter Sunday Musical Presentation.


Countryside Presbyterian


Sunday, April 17, celebration of Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m., with the Procession of Palms. All are welcome at this special worship service at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.



April 21, Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. ,Communion Service at 7 p.m. on April 21. Pastors Raymond Guterman and Darren Bess of 1st Presbyterian Church will join Pastor Gary Marshall and the combined choirs at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

For further information, please call 352-237-4633.


April 22, Good Friday at noon, Combined service with 1st Presbyterian Church at noon at 1st Presbyterian Church, 511 S.E. Third Street, Ocala.

Pastors Gary Marshall, Raymond Guterman and Darren Bess will officiate and special music will be provided by the combined choirs under the direction of JoAnn Shaw and Vicky Juliano .

For further information, please call 352-237-4633.

April 24, Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Celebratory Worship Service at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala with Pastor Gary Marshall officiating. Our own Chancel and Handbell choirs under the direction of JoAnn Shaw will perform.

For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.


FellowshipBaptist Church

FellowshipBaptist Church in Ocala invites you to join their Easter Sunday Celebration.

A new series begins “He Chose the Nails” – “What God Did to Win Your Heart” by Max Lucado. Services are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and will include the Lord’s Table. Come and worship with us at 10500 N. U.S. Hwy. 27, Ocala. Call 352-629-5379 for more information.


Southwest Christian Church

Passion Week: A Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.

April 17, Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Triumphal entry celebration.

Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, 7 p.m., living last supper.

April 24, Easter Sunday, Sunrise service, 6:45 a.m.

April 24, Easter Sunday, Easter celebration, 10:30 a.m.

The church is at 9045 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Phone 352-861-9080. Website www.swccocala.com.


OcalaWest United Methodist Church

 Rev. David Brazelton, Senior Pastor; Rev. Keith Hopper, Assistant Pastor and the Icongregation of Ocala West United Methodist Church invites the community to celebrate Holy week with us.


April 17, Palm Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

April 21, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.

April 22, Good Friday, 7 p.m.

April 23, Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 24, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.

April 24, Easter Sunday Services:  Traditional 8 and 11 a.m.; contemporary/casual 9:30 a.m.

Nursery is provided

No matter what your age is, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are.  There is a place for you at OcalaWest United Methodist Church.