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Easter after fire (Bunny Fu Fu BARF alert!)
York Daily Record ^ | March 28, A.D. 2005 | Karen Muller

Posted on 03/28/2005 8:01:13 AM PST by lightman

Easter after fire Sunday-school children had to hunt Easter eggs indoors this year.

By KAREN MULLER Daily Record/Sunday News Monday, March 28, 2005

The area surrounding the burned sanctuary at Fawn United Methodist Church in Fawn Grove was fenced off Sunday. Investigators said the church fire on March 3 was arson. Easter services were held in the fellowship hall. bigger version Lisa Cooper wanted to make Easter special for the first- through third-graders in her Sunday-school class at Fawn United Methodist Church.

So she joined in the games and shared some Easter treats.

And she laughed when she didn't win at musical chairs.

Easter had come just a little more than three weeks after the Fawn Grove church had lost so much.

A chain-link fence with "No Trespassing" signs surrounds the charred remains of the sanctuary.

Investigators ruled that a March 3 fire that burned the century-old building was intentionally set in the basement, and a $5,000 reward is being offered by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for information leading to an arrest.

The church has met for worship in the fellowship hall since the fire, and Sunday school has continued in the education wing.

On Sunday, Cooper's class of eight played musical chairs to "Little Bunny Fu Fu" and took turns hiding and seeking plastic eggs.

Children tucked eggs inside a paper-towel holder and on windowsills behind curtains.

When they couldn't find all of the eggs, Cooper, a Sunday-school teacher of 12 years, suggested they play "hot and cold."

Inside four eggs were parts of a verse from Matthew telling Christians to tell the world about Jesus and make disciples of the nations. The children recited the verse when the pieces came together.

Usually, they go outside for an egg hunt on the church grounds at Easter, Cooper said, her eyes filling with tears.

"But this year ..." she said, and her voice trailed off.

Things were different from last year during worship, too.

Several hundred people gathered in the fellowship hall to celebrate Easter on folding chairs instead of pews. The senior choir sang a cantata, with selections such as "Come to the Shadows," "At the Cross" and "Behold the Risen Lamb."

Fire had destroyed the choir robes, so the 40 or so people dressed in white tops and black bottoms, and men wore ties. The group had lost its choir room, so it practiced in Cooper's Sunday-school room.

The church had also lost its choir loft with risers, so the men sat in front on folding chairs while rows of women stood behind.

The group had no pipe organ, so organist Phyllis Warner played the fellowship hall piano.

June Herbert, choir director, said she was grateful to Hanover United Methodist Church for buying the sheet music to replace two songs that had been lost in the fire: "Love Held Him to the Cross" and "Jesus is My Lord."

Other churches, community groups and individuals had donated money, potted lilies, hymnals and other items.

Herbert said she missed the wooden chairs in the choir loft; some had been donated years ago in the memory of deceased family members.

"We're doing the best we can," she said. "We're doing all right."

But the building isn't the only loss for the church. Sunday's bulletin said the Rev. James Kremer, pastor of Fawn since 2002, requested a transfer to a position with a lighter work load because of health reasons and to be closer to his children.

He will serve as the pastor of Woolrich United Methodist Church in the Williamsport District of the Central PA Conference beginning July 1.

After the Sunday school games, Cooper gave out chocolate-peanut butter and caramel lollipops and shared the message of resurrection and new life with Jesus Christ.

One boy told Cooper, "Happy Easter!"

"Why is this called 'Easter?'" Cooper asked the group.

"Jesus died ..." two children began.

Others chimed in, "and he rose again!"


TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: bunny; easter; egghunt; unitedmethodist
On Sunday, Cooper's class of eight played musical chairs to "Little Bunny Fu Fu" and took turns hiding and seeking plastic eggs.

Obviously, fire from heaven was not enough to purge rank paganism from this congregation.

Can anyone tell me how "Little Bunny Fu Fu" proclaims Jesus's death and resurrection?

1 posted on 03/28/2005 8:01:13 AM PST by lightman
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To: lightman

lighten up. would you rather they played musical chairs to Christian hymns?


2 posted on 03/28/2005 11:22:14 AM PST by sassbox
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To: sassbox

No! Children must not be allowed to play! First they're playing musical chairs and next they're playing hide the salami! Play is evil! Fun is evil! God wants us all to be stern-faced, angry WASPs.

[/sarcasm]


3 posted on 03/29/2005 3:42:33 PM PST by dangus
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