Easter Weekend

Churches preparing for Easter tomorrow

by W. Winston Skinner

At churches across Coweta County, pastors and members are busy today preparing for the holiest day of the year.

Tomorrow will be Easter when Christians from western churches celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on May 5 this year.

Holy Week services were held in many area churches during the past week — with particular emphasis on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Services and programs continue today and Sunday. They include:

TODAY, MARCH 30

• Blessing of Food for Family Meals, St. George Catholic Church, 11 a.m.

• Easter Vigil, St. George Catholic Church, 8 p.m. Father Henry Atem with light a new fire from which the solitary, large, blessed Easter candle will be lit.

• Great Vigil of Easter with incense, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 10:30 p.m.

• Spanish Easter Vigil, St. George Catholic Church, 11 p.m. Bishop Luis Zarama, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta will lead the service. New members will be received at both Easter Vigil services.

EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31

• Outdoor Sunrise Service, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 7 a.m.

• Sunrise Service, Greenville Street Park, 7 a.m. Light breakfast to follow in parish hall, First United Methodist Church.

• Sunrise Service, Sunnyside Baptist Church, 7 a.m. Light breakfast to follow.

• Sunrise Service, Northside Baptist Church, 7 a.m.

• Outdoor Sunrise Service, Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Roscoe, 7 a.m. Breakfast to follow.

• Sunrise Service, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg, 7 a.m.

• Sunrise Service, Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, 7 a.m. Refreshments.

• Sunrise Service, New Hope Church, Wooster/Greenville, 7 a.m. Breakfast to follow.

• Sunrise Service, Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast to follow at 8:15.

• Sunrise Service, Luthersville United Methodist Church, 7:30 a.m.

• Sunrise Service, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast to follow.

• Sunrise Service, Resurrection Garden, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park, 7:30 a.m. Refreshments.

• Sunrise Service, Bexton Road Baptist Church, Moreland, 8 a.m.

• Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 8 a.m.

• Festal Holy Eucharist with music, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 8 a.m.

• Testimonial Service, East Newnan Baptist Church, 8 a.m. Continental breakfast, 9 a.m.

• Easter Service, Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, 8 a.m.

• Holy Communion/Easter Music, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 8:15 a.m.

• Easter Holy Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 8:30 a.m.

• Easter Worship, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 8:30 a.m. Flowering of the Cross to follow.

• "It is Finished," cantata, First Baptist Church, Moreland, 8:30 a.m.

• Easter Communion, Liberty Christian Church, 10 a.m. Breakfast, 9 a.m.

• Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 10 a.m.

• Easter Service/Program, Providence Baptist Church, Summers-McKoy Road, 10 a.m.

• Flowering of the Cross, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, prior to 10:30 a.m. service.

• Festal Holy Eucharist with incense, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 10:30 a.m.

• "Let Your Glory Shine!," musical message, Ramah First Baptist Church, Palmetto, 10:30 a.m.

• Easter Worship, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, 10:55 a.m. Children featured in music.

• Easter Worship, Central Baptist Church, 10:55 a.m. Flowering of the Cross, string quartet.

• Easter Worship, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 10:55 a.m. Flowering of the Cross to follow.

• Flowering of the Cross, Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Roscoe, just before 11 a.m. service.

• Easter Holy Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.

• "Grace That Amazes," cantata, White Oak First Baptist Church, 11 a.m.

• "It is Finished," cantata, First Baptist Church, Moreland, 11 a.m.

• Holy Communion/Easter Music, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 11 a.m.

• Easter Program, Bethel Heard Baptist Church, Franklin, 11 a.m.

• Fantastic Fifth Sunday, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 11 a.m. Children featured in music.

• Spanish Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, noon.

• Easter Program, Elim Baptist Church, Bud Davis Road, 3 p.m.

EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 1

• Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 8:30 a.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration until noon, and also from 6-9 p.m. Catholics will begin the liturgical season of Easter which lasts for 50 days until it Pentecost, which is May 19 this year.


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