Palm Sunday at Copper Hill Church

palm-leafThis coming Sunday, March 29, is Palm Sunday, the time in the church year when we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of his last week. The Sunday gets its name from the historical fact that the disciples and the crowd laid palm branches in the path where the donkey Jesus was riding would walk (John 12:12-16; Mark 11:7-10). As we will at Copper Hill Church, many churches traditionally distribute palm fronds to worshipers in memory of Jesus on that day. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of the church’s observance of Holy Week.

Our choir will highlight our Palm Sunday at the new 9:30 AM time with their contemporary anthem, “What Kind of Love Is This?” by Phillips, Craig and Dean. Four new members will be received plus one sixth grader may be confirmed on that day as well.  Pastor Kelvin’s next message in his series on “Names of Jesus that Instruct and Inspire” will discuss the title “Prince of Peace.”


One of the first verses we learn as children
One of the first verses we learn as children

Reviewing the Basics of Christian Faith

Every church needs to regularly teach the basics of Christian faith both so that newer disciples can learn and so more seasoned Christians can be reminded. Both Paul and Peter wrote of the value of such reminders (2 Tim. 2:14; 2 Peter 1:12). During March and early April, Pastor Kelvin Jones will be doing just that. Working from a book by Bishop William H. Willimon called United Methodist Beliefs (Westminster John Knox Press 2007), Pastor Jones is developing a series called “Basic Christian Beliefs.”

The class which began March 10, is meeting on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM at Copper Hill Church. While it is designed to also prepare attenders for membership in the church, one does not need to be planning to join the church in order to attend. So far attendance is evenly divided between those attending for enrichment/review and those attending as a preparation for joining the church.   Pastor Kelvin welcomes questions and encourages dialogue as a part of the class. New participants are welcome.   Last week we began with a discussion of what it means to believe in God and the Trinity in a world that is increasingly atheistic. This coming Tuesday (March 17) we’ll seek to understand better God’s plan of salvation and how it transforms our lives.

Other good books for reminding ourselves of the basics that Pastor Kelvin is also using as resources include:

Christian Basics, John Stott (Baker Books 1999)
The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren (Zondervan 2002)
3:16, Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson 2007)
The Faith, Charles Colson and Harold Fickett (Zondervan 2008)

Note to all — starting this coming Sunday, March 8, our Sunday service time changes to the new time — 9:30 AM.    Just in time to celebrate this announcement, Christian Robison has taken some additional sky video footage of our church in winter showing the new doors and new sign.  He has combined it with the previous footage he took into a new production.    Check it out.  It is beautiful to see and hear.

Lenten/Easter Series to Explore the Names of Jesus

Looking forward to Easter
Looking forward to Easter


Many of us have several names that are used for us in different circles.   My father had a nickname that was totally unrelated to his real name but only his boyhood acquaintances called him by that appellation. A man in my previous church seemed to have two first names and was known pretty equally by either. Further he did not care which one was used.

Have you ever thought about all the different names used in the Bible to refer to Jesus? Some, like Jesus, Emmanuel, Son of Man and Word seem to be prescribed names.   Many, if not most, are terms descriptive of his actions toward us such as Good Shepherd, Prophet, The Way and The Vine. Others are most like titles such as Messiah or Christ, Lord and King of Kings. But for sure each one is in Scripture to teach us something about our Lord.

Easter is fun for children
Easter is fun for children

During Lent and on Easter this year we will be exploring the meaning for us of seven such names.   The title of our message series is “Names of Jesus That Instruct and Inspire.”   Actually we will cover more than the seven in the process.

This Sunday, March 1, we will be back in the sanctuary for worship.  And don’t forget, starting March 8, the same day as daylight savings time, our Sunday service time will change from 9 AM to 9:30 AM.   We trust the change will make it a little easier for everyone to enjoy worship at Copper Hill Church. Here is the listing. Names in parentheses will also be explained in that message.

Names of Jesus That Instruct and Inspire
Key Verses: God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Philippians 2:9-11 NRSV
Theme song:
Date Message Scripture
March 1
I am the Gate (Door) (Way)
(Good Shepherd)
John 10:1-10
March 8Fellowship Sunday The Messiah (Christ) Acts 2:22-41
March 15 The Word (Light, One and Only) John 1:1-18
March 22 Jesus, Our Pioneer (Son of Man) Hebrews 2:1-12
March 29
Palm Sunday
Receive members
Prince of Peace (King) Isaiah 9:6
Zechariah 9:9-12
Luke 19:28-44
April 2
Maundy Thurs
The Lamb of God (Son of God) John 1:19-36
April 5 Easter
with Easter egg hunt &
Fellowship Sunday
Jesus is Lord (Son of God) John 20:1-29Acts 9:1-19



How do we minister to new attenders?

Here is a thoughtful article that forces us to be real about how we think as a church family.   It forces us to examine our motivation for outreach.   It guides us toward seeking to genuinely minister to the needs of newcomers as opposed to hoping they can meet our needs.


Winter weather cancels service today

Due to bitter weather with wind chills below zero, snowy roads from last night’s snow and an unplowed parking lot as of early this morning, we are canceling worship service for Feb. 15, 2015 at Copper Hill UM Church.   We encourage you to have a home worship service.   We encourage you to read a Bible passage such as John 3:1-21 (Jesus and Nicodemus) or John 10:1-18 (Jesus , the good shepherd) or Luke 19:1-9 (story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus).


Come in the side entrance or the kitchen entrance this Sunday.
Come in the side entrance or the kitchen entrance this Sunday.

Services moving to the Fellowship Hall for this Sunday

Due to the bitter cold weather predicted for this weekend and the fact that several of our steps to keep our sanctuary warmer are still in process, we will meet in our fellowship hall this Sunday and on Ash Wednesday evening.   Predictions for Sunday Feb. 22 are not as severe so we hope to move back to the sanctuary then as our new door project (another of our planned steps) is completed and fully operational.  Steps currently underway are an additional layer of storm windows which is nearly invisible and goes on the inside, and further investigation of the cycling and functioning of the electric heat.

Sunday Morning Service Time to Change


Our sign will be changed to reflect the new service time of 9:30 AM
Our sign will be changed to reflect the new service time of 9:30 AM

After discussion and prayer, the church council unanimously voted to change the time of the Sunday morning worship service at Copper Hill United Methodist from 9 AM to 9:30 AM beginning 8 March, 2015 which is the beginning of daylight savings time.    The idea was first proposed by young adult ladies meeting over tea at the parsonage.   JoAnne brought the suggestion to the council in January and the council felt that a wider airing of the concept was needed.   A general discussion of the idea was held after service on Feb. 1 and we discovered that there was widespread agreement that such a change would be a good idea, making attendance easier for parents with children, for elder seniors and most likely more attractive to visitors as well.   From a historical perspective, Robert reminded us that the new time of 9:30 AM is actually the time at which Copper Hill historically had services. The earlier time was begun about 15 years ago to accommodate a schedule change at West Granby.  So we are returning to our roots.

Winter Picnic This Saturday!

Last year we had so much fun at the winter picnic.  It was such a great idea — turning up the heat in the fellowship hall, serving a picnic menu, and dressing in summer clothes to drive away the winter blues.  It also turned out to be a great inter-generational event as the relay games chosen included all ages.

Invitation Card for Winter Picnic
Invitation Card for Winter Picnic