There’s just a different feel in church on #Easter


Tripp Pate with his parents, Joyce and Glen Pate, and brother, Cason Pate at the flowering cross last Easter at First Baptist Church in Maben. (Submitted photo)

It is a special time of year. A time of new growth and renewal. Flowers are blooming and grass is growing.

Easter holds a special meaning for so many people. Christians recognize this as a time to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. It is a time to reflect and remember all that Christ has done in the lives of believers. While there are so many ways to celebrate, it is one holiday that many residents celebrate in their local church.

“It is THE day we get to truly focus and showcase the miracle of Christ,” said Leanne McGarr. “His sacrifice and His Resurrection. The fulfillment of God’s promise.”

Shirley Blakely said “there is just a different feel in church on Easter!”

“You know it is the day we celebrate our Savior and your heart is so joyful for what he has done,” Blakely said. “You know His spirit is there with you and the songs are so full of His glory! What a glorious day!”

Brandi Velcek said she it is a time they have breakfast together at 8 a.m. at the church, followed by preaching at 9 a.m. at Stewart Baptist Church. “Then we usually try to take family pictures afterward.” Continue reading

#FRIDAYFOOD Easter Bunny Cake


Up until just a few years ago, my husband and I hosted an Easter Egg Hunt at our house. It was a huge undertaking but we loved having everyone from our church and community over at the house on Easter Sunday. One year, we counted 75 men, women and children.

About three years ago, there was a lot of rain the day before and the morning of Easter, so we moved the potluck lunch to the church fellowship hall. The same thing happened the next year. It wasn’t long until our “kids” were too old for hunting eggs. The handful of “littles” that come to our Easter Sunday potluck do have the opportunity to hunt eggs inside or outside of the church, depending on the weather. Let’s just say, we are still finding Easter Eggs well into the fall in the church. It is hilarious! Continue reading

Celebrate with powerful music that tells the story of Easter


It is Rev. John Herring’s hope that “everyone who comes will worship the Lord and recognize in a fresh way the sacrifice that Jesus made at Calvary.”

“Music is such a powerful tool to share the gospel, because it touches the very depth of our soul and emotions,” Herring said.

Herring is the minister of music and associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Eupora, and director of the 2017 FBC Eupora Easter Cantata. The event is set for 6 p.m. April 9 in the sanctuary of FBC Eupora. Continue reading

#StPatricksDay – A few historical facts


  • St. Patrick was born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland in AD 387.
  • At age 16, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village and took him back to Ireland. During his captivity, he came closer to God.
  • He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years.
  • His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.
  • His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.