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An Easter Prayer

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God our Father,
by raising Christ your Son
you conquered the power of death
and opened for us the way to eternal life.
Let our celebration today raise us up
and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Sophia Academy becomes Catholic, adds to High School

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In November, Archbishop Wilton Gregory conveyed that “It is with great happiness and gratitude that I express congratulations to Sophia Academy.  It is official that I recognize Sophia Academy as an independent school in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.”

Sophia Academy’s High School was established in 2012. They will begin their first 11th grade this fall, 2014. Since the beginning, students have been involved in choosing uniforms, program offerings, and coursework for the future.

Although the high school is young, this is a unique time to define and develop an exceptional educational experience that includes athletics, fine arts, leadership opportunities and community service. As a Marist school, Sophia Academy provides personalized education tailored to meet student needs and instilling in each a quest for excellence.  The preK through High School experience highlights small classes and highly trained teachers using the Orton-Gillingham approach. The SAIS/SACS accreditation team reports that “the school offers a range of opportunities rare in a school its size.”

“We are so blessed to be part of the Catholic schools in Atlanta and to provide a continuum of schooling to go through twelfth grade.  With a reputation for excellence in academics, extracurriculars and forming the whole child in the image of Christ, this strong alliance will help us become even stronger.  We look forward to serving more students who want to be known and valued and taught in the way they learn best. We’re celebrating 15 years of success and an exciting future of educating more students. Come celebrate with us,” said Founding Director Marie Corrigan.

Ninety percent of Sophia Academy students master their personalized goals, and 80% participate in extracurriculars. Sophia Academy is located at 2880 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341. For more information call 404-303-8722 or visit www.sophiaacademy.org.

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Hit the bunny trail – Last Chance for Easter Egg Hunts

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The Easter egg hunt is a combination of Christian and spring celebrations and is a popular tradition throughout the United States, and especially East Cobb County. Be sure to bring your Easter basket to collect the eggs. Here’s a short list of some local egg hunts for you to enjoy.

 

April 19: 9-10:30am
Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church
4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-2880 • www.mtbethel.org
Reservations required for this hunt. The Egg Hunt is for ages 2 through 2nd grade. There will also be a Petting Zoo, the Easter Bunny.

April 19: 12-2pm
East Cobb United Methodist Church
2325 Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-3643 • www.eastcobbumc.org
April 19: 10:30am– 1pm

Eastside Baptist Church
2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-2323 • www.ebcfamily.org

April 19: 10am – 2pm
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road, Marietta • 770-528-8875
www.marietta.com/marietta-easter-egg-hunt
Easter egg hunt, art activities, inflatables, live entertainment, concessions, visits with the Easter Bunny and the Mad Hatter Contest.

April 19: 10am–12pm
Mountain View United Methodist Church
2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta
770-928-0050 • www.mvumc.org
Free pancake breakfast preceding hunt.

April 19: 10am-3pm
Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop
Sprayberry High School
2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
770-423-1330 • todmiller@jrmmanagement.com

April 19: 1pm
Sandy Plains Baptist Church
2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
770-971-8525 • www.sandyplains.org

April 19: 9:00am
St. Andrew United Methodist
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt
$5/Adult, $2.50/Children (2-11)
3455 Canton Rd, Marietta
770-926-3488 • www.thepumpkinchurch.org

April 20: 10:00-10:30am
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta
770-578-1533 • www.emersonuu.org.

 

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A Tax Day Prayer

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On this day of internal revenue
some of us are paid up,
some of us owe,
some of us await a refund,
some of us have no income to tax.

But all of us are taxed,
by war,
by violence,
by anxiety,
by deathliness.

And Caesar never gives any deep tax relief.

We render to Caesar . . .
to some it feels like a grab,
to some it is clearly a war tax,
to some – some few –
it is a way to contribute to the common good.

In any case we are haunted
by what we render to Caesar,
by what we might render to you,
by the way we invest our wealth and our lives,
when what you ask is an “easy yoke”:
to do justice
to love mercy
to walk humbly with you.

Give us courage for your easy burden, so to live untaxed lives. Amen.

From Walter Brueggemann’s Prayers for a Privileged People (Abingdon, 2008)

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Passover begins April 14th. What’s on your Seder menu?

Each Passover, Jews worldwide take part in a special feast called the Passover Seder. The Passover Seder is the most widely observed Jewish practice today.

How is a Passover Seder conducted?

At the Seder table, a special book called the Passover Haggadah is read out loud. The Haggadah includes the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt as well as Seder rituals and traditions.

When does a Passover Seder take place?

The Seder is held on the first two nights of the holiday in the Diaspora, but only on the first night of Passover in Israel.

What is eaten at a Passover Seder?

After the reading of the Haggadah, a festive kosher-for-Passover meal is eaten. The following is a traditional Ashkenazic Seder menu with links to recipes.

(Source: About.com)

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Community Coffee House: Fun for the whole family

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Make plans to attend Community Coffee House, hosted by East Cobb United Methodist Church.

This family-friendly concert featuring Ron Hipp and Carol Statella’s acoustic folk music will be Saturday, May 3-7:30 -9:30pm in the church’s Activities Building at 2325 Roswell Rd. in East Cobb. Tickets ($12 each, $25 per family, plus small fee) may be purchased in advance at https://bpt.me/630065, coffee and dessert included.

Please contact bobbonstein@bellsouth.net for more info, and learn more about the performers at www.outoftherainmusic.net.

 

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Paradigm Shift at Chabad of Cobb – Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Paradigm Shift is an elevator ride to the heights of what is possible. Synchronize yourself with the mission for which you were placed on earth, and learn to recognize the inherent goodness and perfection in yourself, in others, and in every circumstance of your life.

Distilled into six succinct lessons, this empowering course offers a revolutionary outlook on life, culled from the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Six Wednesdays,  beginning April 30th at Chabad of Cobb. Each evening begins at 7:30pm and ends at 9pm. Cost is $89 per person, $160 couple’s discount. Visit www.myjli.com for more information and to register or call 770.565.4412

 

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Ignatius House Volunteer Work Day

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On May 10, spend a day outside, with other volunteers, tending to God’s garden and trails at Ignatius House.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center is located at 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.

To register, visit www.ignatiushouse.org or call 404.255.0503.

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Catholic Church of St. Ann Parishioners to Present “Living Stations of the Cross” for 18th Consecutive Year

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The St. Ann Players, composed of parishioners and friends from the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Marietta, will enact their 18th annual production of the “Living Stations of the Cross” on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Players are a group of Christians brought together for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom of God through the performing arts. The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm in the main sanctuary of the Catholic Church of St. Ann, located at 4905 Roswell Road. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Christine Holt, who has over 35 years experience directing, producing, conducting and arranging various musical and theatrical productions for public and private schools, community groups and professional opera companies, serves as Director. She replaces Pete and Sue Borden, who have retired after dedicating their time and talent into producing each of the preceding years’ performances. Holt holds a BSME in Music Education, a Masters degree in Music Education, as well as a Masters in Vocal Performance/Opera, each earned at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.

Forty specific biblical characters will be portrayed throughout the 14 Stations of the Cross set along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, plus a cast of many extras in various crowd scenes as the story follows the path of Jesus on His way to Golgotha.

Adele Myers, Assistant Director, created all of the period costuming. Musical accompaniment will be provided by singer and pianist Graham Kuhn, Music Minister at St. Ann’s.

“We seek to reinforce the biblical legacy and history of the beginnings of our faith for the enlightenment of our parish community, and we welcome everyone else, as well,” notes Ms. Holt. “Many parishioners have participated in various roles throughout the years, some starting as parents who brought their young children to be in the crowd scenes. As the children grew, many began to take on more mature roles, e.g., servants for Pilate, Roman soldiers and other special characters. It has truly become a family affair.”

The St. Ann Players is a group of Christians from the Catholic Church of St. Ann brought together for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom of God through the performing arts. They seek to reinforce the biblical legacy and history of the beginnings of their faith for the enlightenment of all of the parishioners. Membership is open to all who share the same goal.

For more information please call (404) 993-7995.

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Hunt for Eggs this Easter at Powers Ferry UMC

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Powers Ferry United Methodist Church will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt and pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 12, from 9:30-11am and the community is invited.

There will be an egg hunt, an inflatable bouncer, popcorn, face painting and fun. All children through 5th grade are welcome to this free event. The church is located at 245 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta. Please call the church office at 770-973-5271 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10am until 3pm for further information regarding church services and activities or go to the church website at www.powersferryumc.com.

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