Long's Chapel to host special Easter service

Apr 05, 2014
Photo by: Donated EASTER — Members of Long's Chapel UMC decorate a cross with Easter flowers.

Charitable giving has long been linked with the Christmas season — the time when God shared the greatest gift of all time through the birth of his son, Jesus.

But seldom has the outpouring of financial generosity been linked with Easter — the time when Christ gave his life so all may live.

At Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, that will change this Easter.

“On the most-attended Sunday of the year, the church will be taking an offering in which the entirety of the offering will go to two local projects, Circles of Hope and Lifeworks, and a global project, building a school in Ketali, Kenya,” said senior pastor Dr. Charles “Chuck” W. Wilson II.

Not only is “Operation Outreach” a radical step with the potential to significantly change lives for the better, it provides a chance for the greater Haywood community to participate.

While Long’s Chapel typically holds four worship services each Sunday, Easter Sunday will be a little different.

This year marks the sixth year where all members of the 150-year old church gather for a single service at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium. While the service will begin at 10:25 a.m., guests are invited to come early for coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m.

“On a given Sunday morning, people gather from all over the region to participate in this transforming fellowship where we grow to love God, love people and live sent,” said Wilson.

In addition to the special Easter service planned for April 20, those filling the largest auditorium in the county can know their contribution will exclusively support crucial ministries.

The goal is to raise $50,000 in both 2014 and 2015, in part through the Easter donations, to help individuals escape poverty through Circles of Hope and Lifeworks, and to help children in both Nairobi and Kitalie, Kenya.

For more information about the Long’s Chapel UMC Easter Service or any other Long’s Chapel UMC programs, visit www.longschapel.com or call 456-3993.