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We can all make miracles during this season

 

With Passover and Easter so close together, I thought it fitting to share this bit of insightful information with you. It was sent to me by Rabbi Mendy Weiss, of Chabad of North Dade County.

“This week begins the month of Nissan, in which we celebrate the holiday of Passover... The word “Nissan” is linked to the Hebrew word for miracles. Our exodus from Egypt was quite a miracle...What exactly is a miracle? If G-d took us out of Egypt, and G-d makes the sun rise, why is the former considered miraculous and the latter a run-of-the-mill occurrence? The answer, of course, is frequency. We were taken out of Egypt but one, while the sun rises every day. Both are G-d’s kindness, but only rare occurrences are considered miraculous.”

This has got me thinking. We can all make miracles. Find a mitzvah [a good deed] you very rarely do (if ever), and do it. That will be a man-made miracle. How’s that for a good way to get the season of miracles rolling?”

And I say, “Amen, to that.”

Lutheran church

has ‘Hope Totes’

South Miami Lutheran Church has already caught the “mitzvah” fever. Following the church’s Palm Sunday service, members of the congregation will be preparing “Hope Totes” for the Miami Rescue Mission’s Christian outreach. The bags are filled with needed personal items, such as toothpaste, washcloth, and soap, and are given to the homeless to express Christ’s love and the spirit of renewal that is such an important part of Easter.

In addition, the congregation will start another project, “Stars for our Troops,” which consists of cutting the stars from retired American flags, placing them in a small bag along with a note of thanks. The stars will be sent to current or retired service men and women to remind them that they are not forgotten.

South Miami Lutheran, 7190 Sunset Dr. and St. Mark’s Lutheran at 3930 Le Juene Rd. in Coral Gables, will join together for a Maundy Thursday service at South Miami Lutheran. Good Friday service will also be combined and will be at St. Mark’s.

Easter festival service will be at 9 a.m. on Easter at South Miami Lutheran, and will be followed by the Easter Egg Hunt and brunch.

Easter festival service at St. Mark’s will be at 11 a.m. Pastor Arnold Perry, pastor at St. Mark’s and interim pastor at South Miami Lutheran, will officiate at both services.

Call 305-665-2562 for more information.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

to be performed

The Miami Oratorio Society will perform the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah at 6 p.m. April 13 at Memorial Highway Baptist Church, 14455 Memorial Highway in North Miami.

The Palm Sunday presentation reflects the anguish and joy of Holy week beginning with Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem, where he will fulfill his destiny, and will culminate with the triumphant “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Worthy is the Lamb.”

Soloists will include Joane Martinez Von Goten, soprano; Leo Williams, tenor, and Daniel Snodgrass, bass. The choir will be accompanied by Jerard Peroune and will be directed by Andrew M. Anderson.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 each for children 8-12, and will be available at the door. For more information, call Judy Feldman at 305-891-1183.

St. Paul Lutheran

invites the public

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10700 SW 56th Ave., invites the community to its Easter services, starting with the “Son Rise” worship to be at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 20. Following the service, the church will host an Easter Breakfast at 8 a.m.

An Easter service in English will be at 9 a.m. and a service in Spanish will follow at 11 a.m.

The Sunday school’s Easter Egg Hunt will be at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, call 305-271-3171.

Methodist churches

schedule services

In keeping with tradition, the four United Methodist churches in Homestead, Florida City and Redland have set their Easter worship services and activities with the needs of many in mind, said Bob Jensen, a spokesman for the churches.

The Palm Sunday services will be as follows:

At 9 a.m. at Redland Community UMC, 18700 SW 248th St; 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. at First UMC of Homestead, 622 N. Krome Ave.; 10:30 a.m. at Silver Palm UMC, 15855 SW 248th St., where the Easter Cantata “Lamb of God” will be performed, and at 11 a.m. at Branches UMC, 145 SW Fifth Ave, in Florida City.

Maundy Thursday services, which commemorates the Last Supper, will be at 7 p.m. at Branches Florida City with Stations of the Cross. A Maundy Thursday service will be at 6:30 p.m. at First UMC of Homestead, and will include a potluck dinner. Redland Community UMC will serve a light supper at 6 p.m., followed by Communion at 7 p.m.

Opa-locka

community service

Opa-Locka Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley and Commissioner Luis B. Santiago, along with Opa-locka’s faith-based community, will host a community Easter worship service at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sherbondy Pavilion, 777 Sharazad Blvd. in Opa-locka.

The service will include the distribution of free food bags. For more information, call 305-953-2800 or 305-953-2801.

‘Saturday of

Lazarus’ service

The Assumption BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church invites the community to its Holy Week and Pascha services to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday with the “Saturday of Lazarus” service. A Divine Liturgy in English, with blessing and distribution of Pussy Willows and anointing will be at 9 a.m. on Palm Sunday. At 10:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday there will be a Ukrainian Divine Liturgy and anointing.

A Holy and Great Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. April 17, with the Gospels in Ukrainian and English.

The church is at 39 NW 57th Court, Miami, FL 33126.

South Dade

choir performs

The final concert of the South Dade Community Choir’s Easter Concert Series will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Naranja Park Baptist Church, 13295 SW 268th St.

The program is: “The Day He Wore My Crown” and will consist of many spiritual medleys as well as inspirational solos and group presentations.

Sandy Keffer directs the 23-year-old choir. Its members come from all walks of life, and are of all ages and religions, combining their voices for the glory of God, Keffer said in a press release.

The concert is free, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call 305-608-0365 or email Keffer at: sankeff@aol.com.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

to have memorial

The memorial of Jesus Christ’s death will be presented Monday and April 27 at the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 2901 NW 168th Terr. in Miami Gardens.

According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine, the anniversary of Jesus’ death falls on Monday after sundown. A brief talk will be presented on this topic at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and again at 9 a.m. April 27.

It’s free and the community is invited.

Preaching anniversary

celebrated

In addition to a special Palm Sunday service at 10 a.m. Sunday at The Church of God Tabernacle, Elder Oliver Gross, one of the church’s evangelists, will celebrate his preaching anniversary. The Church is at 1351 NW 67th St.

The community is invited to the service.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email bea.hines@gmail.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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