PADS is the local agency that provides temporary housing for the home-less of the Sauk Valley. They are open from October 1st till April 31st. The guests are provided with a dinner and breakfast meal. There are bathroom facilities where they can clean up, laundry facilities to clean clothes, and a sleeping area. The shelter’s hours are from 7 pm to 7 am. First Presbyterian Church staffs the shelter on the 1st Saturday of the month. The volunteers work one of three 4 hour shifts: 7pm to 11 pm, 11pm to 3am, and 3 am to 7 am. There also is a volunteer that prepares the dinner meal and delivers it before 7 pm. The 1st shift serves the meal and does the dishes. The 2nd shift monitors the facility. The 3rd shift makes breakfast, wakes up guests and does dishes. There is a sign up sheet for volunteers in the Church narthex. As soon as they let me know about training for the volunteers I will pass it on.
First Presbyterian PADS Coordinator Bryan Etter
March 29th, 6:00 PM
The Maundy Thursday service is our only service during Holy Week, the night on which we remember the Last Supper. That supper, which eventually became a sacrament of the church as the Lord’s Supper, was not the last time Jesus ate with his friends. But it was the last meal he had with them before he went to the cross. The name of the service refers to the mandate Jesus gave to the disciples: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Our Maundy Thursday Service is always a contemplative, interactive worship service, in which we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Presbyterians don’t believe that the bread and cup really turn into the body and blood of Jesus. But we DO believe that something happens, something holy and powerful, something more than mere remembrance: we believe that Christ is present with us at the table. In that moment, we join Jesus and the disciples at the table; we are united with one another in the present; and we remember the future in which we will gather at table with Jesus and all the saints of every time and place. Past, present, and future all happen at once! Please come and join us as we obey Jesus’ commandment.
Someone asked recently how the date of Easter got set. In churchy language, Easter is a “moveable feast.” The date depends on the moon. In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. So the earliest Easter could possibly ever be would be March 22. That happened in 1818, but it won’t happen again until 2160. The latest Easter can be is April 25, and that happens again in 2038. This year, Easter is on April 1, April Fool’s Day! That hasn’t happened since 1956 and won’t happen again until 2029. It’s a great coincidence of dates – a day of jokes and pranks on the day when we celebrate that God has had the last laugh on death! Our Easter service is always beautiful, and inspiring. There will be beauty all around us – in songs and prayers and flowers and the beauty of the Lord. Come and celebrate resurrection with us!