Easter Planning

I hope you are all looking forward to celebrating Jesus this Easter!  Below you will find several Easter planning resources.

Blessings to you and yours!
Angela

Free Printable Easter Banner
This banner is one of the crafts we made in my Bible study class.  You can see a picture and download it for free by going to http://angelaturner.com/easter-banners-free-printable/  It is a super easy banner you can print, cut out and use to decorate your home for Easter.  It is a great reminder of what Easter is all about.

Easter Planner
Whether you are still working to finish up your Easter preparations, or haven’t gotten started, here is a list to help you get everything organized and easily accomplished.

Step 1 – All About Him: Put out your Bible with a bookmark to the Easter verses you would like to read.  Put out your resurrection eggs or other activity to make it a celebration that is all about Jesus.
Step 2 – Decorate: If you like to put out a few Easter decorations now is the time!
Step 3 – Baskets & Eggs: Do you have everything together for the Easter baskets and egg hunt?  Double check and make a list of any needed additions.
Step 4 – Check Closets: Plan what everyone will wear on Easter Sunday and make sure it fits, is washed or taken to the cleaners.  Shoes still fit?  Make a list of any needed items.
Step 5 – Menu Planning: Write down your menu, find recipes, make a grocery list, order needed items, find serving pieces or add paper plates, napkins…to your list.  You will find an easy Easter menu below.

Now that your lists are made, do any needed shopping early in the week so you have everything in place to enjoy a peaceful, fun Easter celebration that is all about Jesus!

Easy Easter Menu
Here is an Easter menu designed to be easy and ready to enjoy after Easter church services.  This menu is also intended to help you put together a wonderful lunch that also allows you to enjoy the fun (rather than being stuck in the kitchen all day).  Everything can be prepped ahead of time.  Items with a * beside them are things I often purchase.

Starters:
Veggie tray with dip*
Fresh fruit with dip*
Lunch:
Honey Baked Ham*
Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, and Slivered Almond Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing (add dressing just before serving)
Steamed Peas and Carrots (microwaved and seasoned)
Crock Pot Green Beans
Deviled Eggs
Rolls*
Tea and Pink Lemonade
Easter Cake*
Chocolate Candy and Jelly Beans (of course)*
Coffee (with lots of flavored creamers)

If you have lots of people coming for Easter you can always divide up the menu items.  We do this a lot in my family.  For example, my mother-in-law brings the salad, my parents make the green beans, my sister-in-law makes the deviled eggs…

My Favorite Easter Verses

I love adding scripture to my Easter decorations.  You can do this by writing them on a chalk board to display, put in a frame, printed on small cards and nestled into your centerpiece…  Below are some of the verses I enjoy using.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

“that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:4

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”  I John 1:7

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  John 1:29

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.”
Luke 24:5

Over 100 Easter Basket Ideas
Bible (a small, easy to carry size or other version), beach towel, sunglasses, swim toys, swim goggles, beach ball, flip flops, swim suit, sunscreen, water bottle, magazine or magazine subscription, book, devotional, mini book light, bookmark, post-it notes, fun pens, markers, paints, paint brushes, colored pencils, crayons, small journal, art pad, scarf, fun socks, hat, tools, WD40 pen, work gloves, flashlight, baseball cap, team t-shirt, watch, belt, gum, candy, card games, head phones, phone case, phone accessories, cologne, perfume, lotion, bubble bath, bath gel, nail polish, nail polish remover pads, nail stickers, nail jewels, nail pens, lip gloss, necklace, bracelets, earrings, ring, hair bows, barrettes, hair pins, pony tail holders, headbands, curling wand, hair straightener, camis (these undershirts are fun to buy in several colors to roll and tie together with ribbon to create what looks like a bouquet of flowers), PJs, personalized pillow case, travel size items, luggage tag, toiletry travel bag, travel games, grilling tools, grilling spices, kitchen towels, pot holders, recipe cards, set of kitchen spoons/spatulas, gardening gloves, flower seeds, bulbs, gardening tools, fishing tackle, tackle box, tape runner, glue dots, scrapbooking pad of paper, ribbon, other fun scrapbooking stuff, stickers, bubbles, Frisbee, ball (basketball, football, soccer, baseballs, tennis balls…), baseball batting gloves, sports equipment, towel with initials monogrammed for use in the locker room or smaller one to use on the court…, golf tees, golf balls, golf gloves, coffee mug, coffee/pods, tea, car wash brush, shammy, car cleaning soap, tire/rim cleaner, camping gear, gift cards (Starbucks, Itunes, Sonic, clothing store, Best Buy, Movie Theater, Ice Rink, nail salon…).

Good Friday
Here is something I wrote to read on Good Friday.  You can do this on your own or with your family.  It is a great way to remember and appreciate all Jesus did to bring us new life.

That’s how much He loves you

While He was still in heaven He knew why He would come to earth.  He knew every detail and all He would face and still, He made the decision to come.
John 1:1-3&14
That’s how much He loves you.

Can you imagine living each day of your life knowing the day you would die and that it would be a horrible death?  That is exactly what He chose to do.  Philippians 2:6-8
That’s how much He loves you.

He spent His life knowing when the time came, they would all abandon Him.  Still, He lovingly served, patiently taught and generously granted mercy and grace to those around Him.
John 16:32, I Timothy 1:15-16
That’s how much He loves you.

That night He knelt in the garden, overcome with sorrow over the path set before Him.  Nevertheless, He stood to follow His Father’s will.  Matthew 26:36-39
That’s how much He loves you.

Betrayed by one of His dearest friends, He simply accepted what was done.
Matthew 26:47-50
That’s how much He loves you.

With an angry crowd surrounding Him with weapons and swords, He went with them willingly.  John 18:3-5
That’s how much He loves you.

He was beaten and mocked again and again, yet He never said a word.
Isaiah 53:7
That’s how much He loves you.

He was falsely accused yet He did not defend Himself.
Mark 14:55-61a &15:2-5
That’s how much He loves you.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords submittingly stood before them, allowing Himself to be tried and punished.
Revelation 17:14
That’s how much He loves you.

He stood sinless as they demanded His crucifixion over a man who had committed horrible crimes.  Mark 15:6-15
That’s how much He loves you.

He endured excruciating physical attacks as they beat Him, mockingly put a king’s robe on Him, and pushed a crown of thorns into his head.
Matthew 27:27-30
That’s how much He loves you.

The angels of heaven were poised and ready to respond to His call for rescue, yet He never said a word.
Matthew 26:53
That’s how much He loves you.

So beaten down, He needed help carrying His own cross.  Still, He continued on.
Matthew 27:32
That’s how much He loves you.

They used nails piercing His hands and feet to attach His broken body to the splintered wooden cross, yet He did not struggle against them.  Isaiah 53:5
That’s how much He loves you.

Those He came to save gambled for His clothes, insulted and mocked Him, still He hung there for hours.  Matthew 27:35
That’s how much He loves you.

They said “HE saved others, but He can’t save Himself!”  He chose not to prove them wrong.  Matthew 27:39-44
That’s how much He loves you.

In the midst of all the pain, He prayed “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34
That’s how much He loves you.

Even in His death, He was still caring for the needs of those around Him.
Luke 23:39-43 & John 19:26-27
That’s how much He loves you.

He lived a sinless life, yet He chose to take on the sins of the world.  He took your place, and took your punishment for your sins so you wouldn’t have to.
Isaiah 53:11 & I John 2:2
That’s how much He loves you.

He knew He would have to be forsaken by His Father while He took our sins upon Him, still He chose to take them all.  Matthew 27:45-46
That’s how much He loves you.

When He had completed the work His Father had given Him, The Holy Son of God died.
John19:28-30, John 10:18
That’s how much He loves you.

“He was wounded for our transgressions;
He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and by His wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5

That’s how much He loves you.

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