Reveille UMC

Lent, Holy Week, & Easter Sunday

February 11 | Easter Baskets & the Empty Tomb with Karen-Marie Yust | 9:30 am | Chapel
Making sense of Jesus' death and resurrection alongside the hoopla of egg hunts and Easter parades can be challenging for parents. This central event of our faith requires us to recognize the messiness of Easter and talk with children about tragedies, suffering and death, as well as celebrations and new life. Come hear about some creative and developmentally appropriate ways to approach this complicated and important task.

February 13 | Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper  |  5:30 pm  |  Fellowship Hall
You are invited to come and support the Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner hosted by the Men's Prayer Breakfast group.  Enjoy a fun Mardi Gras themed meal with pancakes, a variety of toppings, sausage, and more. 

February 14 | Ash Wednesday
We will offer the imposition of ashes at 12:15 pm in Reveille's chapel with music and prayer. 
In the evening, we invite you to join us for an Ash Wednesday service at our partner church, Koinonia Christian Church in Swansboro, at 6:30 pm. The church is located at 3600 McRand Street, RichmondPlease note, there will not be an evening worship service or Wonderful Wednesday meal at Reveille on Ash Wednesday.

Sundays or Wednesdays Starting February 18 and 21 | Lenten Study: "Made for a Miracle" 
Register for the Lenten study "Made for a Miracle: From Your Ordinary to God's Extraordinary" by Mark Slaughter. The author examines the two components of every miracle, divine action and human responsibility, and how to use your God-given gifts and talents for God’s glory. Study participants will have the option of registering for the Sunday class, February 18-March 25 at 4:30 pm, or the Wednesday class, February 21-March 28 at 10:00 am. Register

March 24 | Family Easter Celebration  |  10:30 am  |  Reveille Grounds
Everyone is invited to enjoy a festive Easter egg hunt on Reveille's grounds with a petting zoo, bounce house, live music and more! 

March 25   Palm Sunday
8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 am
"What Happens When You Assume"
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Preacher: Doug Forrester, Lead Pastor
The Elementary Ringers will offer worship music at 11:00 am and accompany the annual Palm Processional. 
Special Event: UMW Bake Sale, 9:00 am-noon
Purchase some sweet Easter treats to benefit Reveille's UMW mission projects.

March 29  Holy Thursday  |  7:00 pm  |  Sanctuary
Rev. Kelley Lane, Minister of Adult Ministries
The service will include Holy Communion and the stripping of the sanctuary. Join us for dinner before the worship service at 5:30 pm, in the fellowship hall. Child care is available during the service.

March 30  Good Friday  |  7:00 pm  |  Sanctuary
A Tenebrae service with the Chancel Choir leading worship music. Child care is available during the service.

Tuesdays | Breakfast and a Blessing | 7:15 am | Ellwood Thompson's
Start your week during Lent connecting with Reveille's clergy. We invite you to enjoy coffee, breakfast, and morning  prayer at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N. Thompson Street, Tuesdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 7:15 am. 

Connect with our Staff on Facebook
Visit our Facebook page for inspirational messages from our staff weekdays during Lent, February 19-March 30.

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April 1, 2018      Easter Sunday

Preacher at all Services: Lead Pastor Doug Forrester
Holy Communion at all services

6:30 am Sunrise Service in The Garth at Reveille (weather permitting)
In case of inclement weather the service will be held in the chapel
Please note: Child care will not be offered during the Sunrise Service.

8:15 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble

9:30 am Contemporary Service in the Fellowship Hall
Music: Crosspoint

11:00 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble

Worship  | Grow | Serve 

Worship During Lent

Worship on Wednesdays
Every Wednesday during Lent, our 6:30 pm service in the chapel will include Holy Communion, worship, prayer, and the lighting of candles. Come to the Wonderful Wednesday meal at 5:30 pm prior to the service.
Please note: No Wednesday evening dinner or worship on March 28.

Sermon Series: Covenant 
Sundays during Lent, February 18-March 25

February 18 | “A Global Guarantee”
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester, Genesis 9:8-17

February 25 | “Promises We Can’t Keep”
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

March 4 | “Contracts and Covenants”
Minister of Adult Ministries Kelley Lane, Exodus 1-17

March 11 | “Unbreakable”
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester, Ephesians 2:1-10

March 18 | “Marriage Vows”
Associate Pastor Stephen Coleman, Jeremiah 31:31-34

March 25 | “What Happens When You Assume”
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester, Mark 11:1-11
Palm Sunday

Opportunities to Serve

Friends of the Homeless

Reveille UMC partners with Friends of the Homeless to serve a hot midday meal and provide bagged lunches each month. Help with the midday meal on February 22 or March 22. Join in the fun of lunch packing in the welcome center at 10:30 am on February 25 or March 25. More information

Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter, otherwise known as CARITAS, was formed to meet the needs of area homeless and the lack of temporary housing. Reveille will host the CARITAS men's group, April 7-14. Reveille provides meals and overnight lodging. Helpers are needed to greet guests, serve meals, and stay overnight. More information

Rebuilding Together
Make a commitment to serve by helping senior and disabled homeowners and join the Reveille team for National Rebuilding Day, one-day home repair blitz on Saturday, April 28. More information

Swansboro Community Ministries
There are many ways to serve with our partners in Richmond's Swansboro neighborhood. Musical Mondays offers opportunities for those with musical ability as well as anyone interested in helping students with arts, crafts, and homework at Koinonia Christian Church. On Read Across America Day, Thursday, March 1, you can read to a class at Swansboro Elementary School. More information about these opportunities and many others

Lenten Bible Study

More information coming soon!

Visit the church calendar for more opportunities during Lent.


Lent Outreach Offering Form (PDF)
Lent Booklet (PDF)
Lent Calendar (PDF)
2018 documents coming soon

About the Season of Lent

Lent is a season of forty days, not including Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at Easter vigil. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. Because Sundays are always "little Easters," the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the resurrection.
The Great Three Days, or Pasch, from Holy Thursday through Holy Saturday are the climax of Lent and the whole Christian year, and serve as a bridge into the Easter season. These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. During these days, the community journeys with Jesus to the cross. They should be seen as a great unified service beginning with a service of Holy Communion on Holy Thursday and concluding with a vigil welcoming Easter morning. Somber colors such as purple or ash gray are used for paraments, stoles, and banners. On Good Friday and Holy Saturday the church may be stripped bare of any visuals.
Some Lenten worship services and activities at Reveille include:
Ash Wednesday—This service on the first day of Lent includes the traditional imposition of ashes, as a sign of our own mortality and our confession sin before God within the community of faith.
Holy Week
Palm Sunday—Though celebrated during the normal Sunday morning worship, this is a special day of singing and celebration of loyalty to Jesus, embodying the sharp contrasts of Holy Week.
Holy Thursday—On this night, Christians commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples' feet and instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion. The ancient practice of stripping the table and sanctuary following communion demonstrates the desolation and abandonment Jesus experienced.
Good Friday—The traditional Tenebrae service is an extended meditation on the passion of Christ.