Sunrise Service at El Morro continues a 39-year tradition
Hundreds will rise before the dawn on Sunday to gather at the entrance of El Morro for the annual Easter Sunrise Service in Puerto Rico. Everyone is invited to join in the 39-year tradition, which began in the mid 70’s, according to Cory Casterton, one of the pastors of the 15 English speaking community churches sponsoring the event.. “We are honored and thankful to the National Park Service, to once again return to the historical landmark for this special service. It is breathtaking to see the panoramic views of the entrance to the San Juan harbor and the surrounding coastline as the sun rises.” Guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 am to allow time to park, walk, or take the tram provided to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro gate, more commonly known as ‘El Morro.'
This year the praise team from Abundant Life Fellowship will be leading worship led by Nadia Puig. Every year the message is given by one of the 15 pastors from the English Speaking Pastor’s Network (ESPN) of Puerto Rico. The 15 churches and ministries sponsoring the event include: (in alphabetical order) Abundant Life Fellowship of Isla Verde, Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Christ Tabernacle, Christian Community Church of Guaynabo, Grace Lutheran or Guaynabo, Iglesia Travesia, Isla Verde Baptist Church, Metro Vineyard of Santurce, Second Union Church of Guaynabo, St John’s Episcopal Church of Santurce, Union Church of Ocean Park, United Christian Ministry and Young Life Ministry. All sponsoring churches have united together to help with the details of putting on the event, including setting up the chairs on Saturday afternoon, printing the bulletin, sound systems and the tram service provided. Every year an offering is taken during the service to benefit a worthy cause.
The annual Ecumenical Sunrise Service began in the late 1970s with the first service held at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro Fort. It continued at this location until 1992. Initially repairs to the historic landmark and tourist destination that began in 1993, after damage inflicted by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, caused the event to be relocated. The parking promenade at the entrance to El Morro was eliminated during that renovation, which reminds us that parking for the event will be a short walk, and all the more reason to arrive early.
Since leaving El Morro site in 1993 the annual Ester sunrise service has been held in various Old San Juan sea side locations, including San Cristobal, the steps of the Capitol, and the cliffs above Escambron Beach. After 9.11 in 2001 it became difficult to hold public events on the Federal property, including the National Parks of Old San Juan.
Several Churches will continue their after sunrise service tradition of having a ‘picnic breakfast’ on the lawn outside of the fort after the event including Abundant Life Fellowship and Isla Verde Baptist Church. “Feel free to jump in and join us -- just bring some goodies, fruit, juice, pastries, breakfast burritos, eggs sandwiches, or whatever,” invites Casterton.
If you would like to bring something to the event click on link and sign up or talk to Diana Mariani http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=NHUW0095
MEN MEET at the BEACH EVERY SATURDAY AT 7 am
Men of Abundant Life Fellowship invite any guys to join them on Saturday at 7 am at the Beach across from Burger King and Banco Popular on Isla Verde Avenue.
Call Pastor Cory for details or email him at email@example.com
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Friday, April 18th at 1 pm
Don't miss today's Good Friday service! Starting promptly at 1:00 p.m, see you there!
Women's Bible Study with Zumba
Studying Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
MONDAY NIGHT and THURSDAY MORNING in ISLA VERDE
Monday 7 pm at church building (Danielle Norkus leads the Zumba)
Thursday 10 am Carmen's home: Mar de Japon #13
We will be hosting two groups. One will be on Thursday mornings 10AM at pastor Carmen's home, and the second will be held on Monday evenings 7pm at church. The format for today will be a Zumba workout led by Danielle Norkus, followed by Battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyers. You may contact Diana Mariani or Pastor Carmen for details.
MONDAY at 7pm : Isla Verde 3000, (Isla Verde) Carolina, Puerto Rico
Park at Churry sandwhich wagon parking across from church and walk across street to beach
THUSDAY at 10 am at Pastor Carmen's home please call her.
by JOYCE MEYER
Thoughts are powerful, and according to the writer of the book of Proverbs, they have creative ability. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost]. (Proverbs 23:7)
In fact, you cannot have a positive, exciting life and a negative mind.
See, I spent a lot of years unhappy because the minute I woke up in the morning, I started thinking negative, sad, depressing things. Now I can truly say I am fully satisfied since the Holy Spirit has helped me operate out of the mind of Christ (the mind of the Spirit) that is within me.
Maybe you've spent years thinking wrong thoughts based on a warped, dysfunctional past, but that can change today.
If you struggle with negative thinking, it's important for you to come to grips with the fact that your life won't change until your thinking does.
Renewed, God-like thinking is vital for change.
The Bible says that God loves us, but have you ever struggled to believe this? I have learned that if we never meditate on God's Word, we will never experience the depth of His love for us.
The love of God is meant to be a powerful force in our lives, one that will take us through even the most difficult trials into victory.
Think About What You're Thinking About
The Bible presents a lot of detailed instruction on what kinds of things we should think about.Philippians 4:8 alone tells us to think about things that build us up, not tear us down. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
If you're a believer, you probably think some Scripture-based thoughts throughout each day, but think about this: Are you mixing them with negative thoughts or just any random thoughts that come into your mind?
For most of my life, I simply thought whatever fell into my head. Much of what was in my head was either lies Satan was telling me or just plain nonsense. The devil was controlling my life because he was controlling my thoughts.
In Mark 4:24 it says, And He said to them, be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
This scripture tells us the more time we spend thinking about the Word, the more power and ability we will have to walk in it. It also says the more we read and listen to the Word, the more revelation we will receive to understand it.
In the flesh, we are lazy and want to receive from God without any effort on our own part, but that's not the way it works. You will only get out of the Word what you are willing to put into it.
I encourage you to make a decision to meditate on God's Word every day because every moment you spend absorbing it, the more virtue and knowledge you will receive from God.