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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Pittsburg Ministerial Association plans Holy Week services

  • “The Seven Last Words of Christ” will be the theme for the annual Holy Week services sponsored by the Pittsburg Ministerial Association.

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  • “The Seven Last Words of Christ” will be the theme for the annual Holy Week services sponsored by the Pittsburg Ministerial Association.
    Planning the series have been the Rev. James Akins, senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kevin Arensman, pastor of the First Christian Church, the Rev. Tom Wehrman, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the Rev. William Wolff, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
    Services, open to the entire community, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday at the First Christian Church. A lunch of sandwiches, salad, cookies and beverages will be provided.
    The Holy Week luncheon service series has been going on for many years.
    “Nobody knows just how long,” Rev. Arensman said. “We’ve asked some of our older people, and nobody seems to know for sure. I know it was going on when I came to Pittsburg, and it’s my favorite thing we do together.”
    Rev. Akins said the series has become an important tradition in the community.
    “As much as we talk about the differences in our denominations, Holy Week and the Cross bind us together,” he said.
    A different theme is chosen each year.
    “I think it was Tom Wehrman who came in and said, ‘Why don’t we do something with the seven last words’,” Rev. Akins said. “It’s a good Holy Week theme.”
    Rev. Arensman agrees.
    “For me it’s been a little different focus, a different snapshot, a look at it from a different perspective,” he said. “We have a tradition, especially in Protestantism, to jump right to Easter, and not do so much with what leads up to Easter,” he said.
    Rev. Akins said some combining did have to be done because of the schedule.
    “We’ve got seven words and five days,” he explained.
    Speakers will be as follows: Monday, Pastor Blair Thompson, Frontenac United Methodist Church, “Father, Forgive them...”; Tuesday, Pastor Arturo Nunez, Communidad de Cristo, which meets at Trinity Baptist Church, “It Is Finished”; Wednesday, Pastor Joohyang Kim, Korean congregation, meets at First United Methodist Church, “Woman, behold your Son...”; Chaplain Wayne Mason, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, “I Thirst”; and Friday, Deacon Martin Dickinson, All Saints Anglican Church, “My God, My God, Why...?”
    “We have a multi-cultural perspective this year, and we’re very excited about that,” Rev. Arensman said.
    He added that there would be special music each day.
    “Elaine Lingor of our church will be at the piano, and one day her husband, Dan Lingor, will play one of his Native American flutes,” Rev. Arensman said. “John Thompson, who teaches at Pittsburg State University, will sing a song he wrote, and Tom Kellogg will also sing. I may sing one day myself.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The services and lunch are open to the public without charge, but those who wish may bring monetary donations which will go to Project Warmth to provide utility assistance to those in need, or non-perishable food items for Wesley House.

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