Easter service deadline March 26

First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Warren, will have a Maundy Thursday Communion/Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. on March 28 and a Saturday@6 casual worship on March 30 at 6 p.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a Communion service in Crary Chapel at 8 a.m. and the Sanctuary Celebration Service at 11 a.m. Dr. Jeff Sterling’s Sunday message will be “Gift Wrapped.”

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St. Paul Lutheran Church, 306 Conewango Ave., Warren, will host an Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Service at 7 p.m. on March 28. The Rev. Fr. Matthew Scott from Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church will preach. On Easter Sunday, March 31, there will be an Easter breakfast with an egg hunt for the children starting at 9 a.m. Reservations for the breakfast are needed. Holy Communion worship will be at 10:45 a.m. with Rick Frederick preaching.

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House of Worship, 112 Conewango Ave., Warren, will host a Messianic Passover Seder and meal on Good Friday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend. A semi-traditional Passover service is planned with an explanation of the reasons for the elements from a Christian perspective. There will be special music, teaching and communion with a light meal served approximately half-way through. Dress will be casual, and there will be no charge. Donations for food will be accepted, and a free-will offering will be taken. Reservations are required to ensure enough seating and food. For reservations, call 688-6626 before March 23.

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Scandia Covenant Church will have a Maundy Thursday service on March 28 at 7 p.m. Easter services are planned for Sunday, March 31, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. An Easter egg hunt for the children is planned for 9:30 a.m.

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North Warren Presbyterian Church, 200 S. State St., North Warren, will have a 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service of Remembrance & Communion on March 28. There will be a re-enactment of the Last Supper patterned after the Da Vinci painting. The “handbell room” in the sanctuary will be transformed into the upper room with participants invited to come forward and take a seat at the Lord’s Table as one of Christ’s disciples, breaking the bread and drinking the cup. Pastor Ward will share a special message for the evening titled, “A New Commandment” taken from John 13:1-17, and 31b-35. If you have attended this service in the past, you will certainly want to come back this year, and if you haven’t attended before, you should plan now to attend and invite a friend. It promises to bring new meaning to your Holy Week Observances.

A community Easter party and egg hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30. Children of all ages from the North Warren Presbyterian Community Day Care, Sunday School, Club 456 and their friends are invited. This is not only a time of fun and excitement for the children, but a great opportunity for them to invite their friends to hear the “Good News” of Easter.

On Easter Sunday, March 31, there will be an outdoor community Easter sunrise service in Community Park at 7 a.m. Come and worship the Risen Lord with friends and neighbors in the North Warren Presbyterian Church Community Park as we face the sun together and give praise to the “Risen Son!” The service will take place outside (rain or shine) in the Dave Clark Pavilion. Be Missional – invite a friend to join you. The youth group will provide a hot breakfast in fellowship hall featuring egg casserole and fresh baked goods after the service. The breakfast is provided free of charge, but the youth do ask you to consider making a donation to the Youth Mission Fund for the Summer Mission Trip.

Sunday school for nursery to adults will be at 9:30 a.m., and Easter observances will continue during the 11 a.m. Worship of the Risen Lord. The Celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord continues with a special service of praise and thanksgiving. The sanctuary will be decorated with spring flowers and music will be presented by the Qadosh Bells, and the Adult Choir. Rev. Ward’s sermon will be titled “A Surprise at the Tomb” taken from John 20:1-18.

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Sheffield Area Community Services will include: Thursday, March 28, Maundy Thursday Service at Sheffield United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., and a Friday, March 29, Good Friday service at Sheffield United Methodist Church from noon to 3 p.m. On Sunday, March 31, an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will be held at the Sheffield Cemetery at 6:45 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Sheffield United Methodist Church. Easter services at Barnes United Methodist Church will be held at 9:30 a.m. and at Sheffield United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

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Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St., Youngsville, the new location, will have an Easter service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

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The congregations of Bethany Lutheran Church, Sheffield, and First, St. John’s and St. Paul Lutheran Churches, Warren, will observe Holy Week with the following services:

Thursday, March 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 306 Conewango Ave., at 7 p.m. with members of First Presbyterian Church celebrating Maundy Thursday with the festival of Holy Communion. The Rev. Jeffrey B. Ewing will preach. Special music will be provided by a combined choir and Rosalind Hupp, soloist.

Friday, March 29, will include two services, a Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at First Lutheran Church, 109 W. Third Ave., at 12:30 p.m. with members of First Presbyterian, and a 7 p.m. Tenebrae Service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 Pleasant Ave. The Rev. David M. Blank will preach at both services.

Saturday, March 30, The Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated at St. John’s Lutheran at 7 p.m. The Rev. Jeffrey Ewing will preach.

Sunday, March 31, The Resurrection of Our Lord will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 Church St., Sheffield, a Festival Service of Holy Communion with the Rev. David Blank preaching. At First Lutheran Church, there will be the Festival Service of Holy Communion with the Rev. Jeffrey Ewing preaching at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. At St. John’s Lutheran Church, there will be breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a Festival Service of Holy Communion with the Rev. David Blank preaching at 9:30 a.m. At St. Paul Lutheran Church, there will be a 9 a.m. breakfast and Easter egg hunt and a Communion Service with Mr. Rick Frederick, associate in ministry, preaching at 10:45 a.m.

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The Brokenstraw Lutheran Parish celebrates Holy Week on Maundy Thursday with the parish coming together to celebrate the beginning of the Triduum with dinner at 6 p.m. and Holy Communion. Berea and Saron Lutheran communities as well as the Evangelical United Methodist and First United Methodist churches will come together that night to share dinner and worship. A prayer vigil will be held in the sanctuary of Saron from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

Good Friday will be celebrated by the prayer vigil continuing from 6 to 9 a.m. Morning Prayer for Good Friday will begin at 9 a.m.

Tenebrae will be held at Berea Lutheran Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday.

Easter will be celebrated at the festive 9:10 service at Saron with bell choir and choir, and at Berea at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

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Youngsville Evangelical United Methodist Church will join with Saron Lutheran Church for dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a service led by the Rev. Fr. Mark Fischer on Maundy Thursday, March 28.

On Good Friday, March 29, YEUMC will join with Youngsville First United Methodist Church for a 7 p.m. service with Pastor Net Gerber as guest speaker.

On Easter Sunday, there will be a non-traditional service at 8:30 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:45 a.m.

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Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church Holy Week services will be at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, at noon and at 7 p.m. on Good Friday and at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. An Easter Vigil will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Combined Services for Covenant and Stoneham United Methodist churches, all to be held at Covenant Church, 1624 Pennsylvania Ave. E., will include an open communion service from 4 to 6 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise service at 7 a.m., an Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a combined worship service at 10 a.m.

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Youngsville United Methodist Church and Saron Lutheran Church parishioners will attend the Lenten service and luncheon at St. Luke Catholic Church, 420 N. Main St., at noon Thursday. A worship and tureen dinner will be held at Saron, W. Main St. On Good Friday, March 29, there will be a worship service at 7 p.m. at Youngsville United Methodist, 225 E. Main St.

On Easter Sunday, Youngsville First United Methodist Church will have worship at 9 a.m. followed by an all-church Easter brunch in the fellowship hall.

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A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. at Tiona United Methodist Church. A Good Friday service will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Sheffield United Methodist Church.

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At Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, there will be morning prayer at 9 a.m., a Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. and evening prayer at 11:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday. Friday will include morning prayer at 9 a.m.; the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 12:30 p.m.; and Living Stations by the youth at 7 p.m. On Holy Saturday, there will be morning prayer at 9 a.m.; blessing of the Easter food at 11 a.m. and an Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m. On Easter morning, Easter Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m.

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Emanuel United Church of Christ will have a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion at 7 p.m. The message will be “Disappointing Jesus.” On Saturday, March 30, the church will have its annual Easter egg hunt for church members and friends. Easter Sunday will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coloring Easter eggs that will be distributed at the conclusion of worship. The Easter worship celebration will begin at 11 a.m. The Emanuel choir will provide the introit and anthems, and the message will be “Rejoice, Remember, Return, Report.”

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Warren Alliance Church, 278 Kinzua Rd., Warren, will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast at 8 a.m., Sunday school at 9 a.m. and a worship gathering at 10:30 a.m.

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Pastor Ralph Culp will deliver messages on Easter Sunday, of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome to attend the services to be held in Grand Valley and Pittsfield. Morning worship services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 31 at Sanford United Methodist Church, 2550 Sanford Road (off Route 27), in Pittsfield, and at 11 a.m. at Grand Valley United Methodist Church, 107 Goodwill St. (also off Route 27), in Grand Valley. Both congregations will also participate in the observance of Holy Communion.

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The Starbrick Community Church , 168 Weiler Rd., will have an Easter play at the 10 a.m. service on March 31. The children and adults will present an Easter play with five acts that portray Palm Sunday, washing of the feet and Communion; Gethsemane; The Cross; and the Resurrection. The public is invited to attend for this special play.

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The Russell churches will join together for a community Good Friday service on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at Praise Fellowship, Rt. 62, Russell.

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Wrightsville Community Church invites the public to Easter services at 7 p.m. on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday, an 8 a.m. Easter Sonrise Service with refreshments to follow and a 9:45 a.m. Easter morning worship. The church is located in Wrightsville on Rt. 957 (81 Boardman St.), beside the Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department.

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St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 343 E. Main St., Youngsville, will have a March 28 Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and Holy Eucharist at 6:30 p.m. and a March 29 Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday there will be a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.