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 Dinner

Barbara Todd had a better Easter Bunny experience than my husband, Pepper, did!

First of all, when Todd was little, she would go into her bedroom after Easter Sunday breakfast to find her pet bunny sitting on the bed. Easter eggs were all around him, so she automatically thought that rabbits laid Easter eggs!

When she was older, she dressed up as the Easter bunny and walked around the local shopping center, talking to children and giving out candy.

“The younger children really thought I was the real Easter bunny!” Todd said.

Pepper had a different experience.

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#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

Thank you for your help with the Easter LOVE Bags

20160324_101813Special THANKS to all those who helped with the Easter LOVE BAGS for less fortunate children in Webster County Schools! So many not only provided for the Easter “happies” that were distributed today at both East Webster and Eupora Schools, but provided extra supplies of food and personal hygiene items to help students in grades K4-12 get through the Good Friday 3-day weekend. Y’all are AMAZING! And the sweet one learned a new skill — curling ribbon! He was so sweet to help pack bags! Thank you all so much for providing much needed items and Easter “happies” — because everyone NEEDS chocolate on Easter morning!!!

FBC Eupora to host special services for Good Friday, Easter Sunday

easter-dayWhat a wonderful weekend to join First Baptist Church of Eupora for a variety of events that will celebrate that “Jesus is Alive!”

“It is our prayer that He (Jesus) lives in you,” said Rev. Travis Gray of First Baptist Church of Eupora. “If you do not know Jesus personally, we would love to share with you how you can.”

Weekend events begin with the Good Friday Service, set for noon March 25 in the church sanctuary. The community is invited to come and focus on the passion of the cross in preparation for the joy of the resurrection.

The Easter Sunday events begin at 7:30 a.m. with Sunrise Service on the front lawn (weather permitting), followed by Easter Fellowship Breakfast in the Family Life Center at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday School at 10 a.m. Sunday. Continue reading

Swanson visits Columbus FUMC Easter Sunday

IMG_4442_2It was a powerful way to celebrate the risen Savior.

Mississippi Resident Bishop James Swanson served as the guest speaker at both the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services at First United Methodist Church of Columbus on Easter Sunday.

Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent, said the text for the Bishop’s message was Luke 24:36-49 and the title of it was, “Too Good to Be True.”

“In his message, the Bishop reminded us that some of the first persons to see Jesus after he was resurrected were so awe-struck that they had a difficult time believing their
eyes,” Jackson said. “The bishop went on to compare these earlier followers of Jesus with us today. Sometimes in life we are so blessed that we have a difficult time believing how blessed we truly are. The Easter message reminds us that we are all blessed by the resurrection of Jesus.” Continue reading