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Church calendars full as holy days draw near


  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Mar. 23, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Church calendars full as holy days draw near

The Newnan Times-Herald

Alfred Mancia enacts the role of Jesus in the Hispanic Live Stations of the Cross at St. George Catholic Church last year at St. George Catholic Church.

Easter is just a couple of weeks away, and area churches are planning a wide range of activities as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter is April 1, this year, and it is the holiest day of the year for Christians – a time to remember the resurrection miracle that is the bedrock of the Christian faith. Many churches are planning Easter music or drama programs.

Christians began looking intently toward Easter on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of sacrifice and contemplation leading to Easter.

A popular series of ecumenical Lenten services, held each Wednesday, is continuing this year. The half-hour midday services – with lunch for $5 to follow – have become a tradition. The speaker is a pastor from another church, and an offering is received for Coweta Samaritan Clinic.

Palm Sunday is March 25, a time for remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem less than a week before his crucifixion. Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, which is March 29 this year, marks the institution of communion. Foot washing sometimes is also part of a Maundy Thursday service.

Good Friday, March 30, recalls the crucifixion.

For some churches, Easter day begins with a sunrise service. This also has a biblical inspiration, recalling the visits to the tomb by followers of Christ on the first Easter morning.

A Lenten Reflection on “The Significance of Holy Week” will be presented by Father Michael Silloway on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. George Catholic Church on Roscoe Road.

Holy Week is the most important week in the life of the church. The events Catholics celebrate during Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday and the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter vigil – are central to the Christian faith and salvation in Christ for Catholics.

Silloway will guide attendees at Monday’s service through a deeper understanding of the different events of Holy Week. Silloway is a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and he currently serves as the chaplain for St. Pius X High School in Atlanta.

Moreland United Methodist Church is adding a Meditation Labyrinth to its observance of Easter this year. There will be several opportunities for people to walk the labyrinth on the east lawn of the church to meditate and pray.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is holding a 12-hour prayer vigil on Good Friday. Church members are signing up to pray for 30 minutes during the day.

Many churches are also holding Easter egg hunts for children as Easter draws near. First Baptist Church in Haralson is one of them.

“We’re going to have it at the city park across from the church,” said church member Eric Spencer. The egg hunt is for the entire community and will be held March 31 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Sharpsburg Baptist Church is also holding a community hunt on March 31 at 2 p.m. at the town park, 105 Main St. There will be “lots of eggs, entertainment, hotdogs, face painting and a playground,” Janice Bearden said.

Some Cowetans will travel a distance to celebrate Easter. Local resident YoLanda Jones-Colton is pastor of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, 6225 Hopewell Church Road, Pine Mountain.

Smith Chapel will hold “The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus from the Cross” on March 30 at 7 p.m.

“This service will consist of seven clergy preaching for seven minutes on one of the sayings,” Jones- Colton said “Refreshments will be served immediately after this service.”

On Easter, Jones-Colton will lead the church’s “All White Resurrection Service beginning at 9 a.m.,” which will include communion.

On church calendars are:

Sunday, March 18

• Egg Hunt, narthex, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Thomas Crossroads, 2-4 p.m.

Monday, March 19

• Lenten Reflection with Father Michael Silloway, St. George Catholic Church, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

• Community Lenten Service, Central Baptist Church, noon. Jimmy Patterson, preaching.

Saturday, March 24

• Egg Hunt, New Lebanon Baptist Church, 1674 Wagers Mill Road, noon-2 p.m. Sha Fleming said the event for all ages will include an inflatable, games, lunch and prizes, as well as egg hunting.

• Egg Hunt, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 2 p.m.

• Egg Hunt, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 958 Summers McKoy Road, 3 p.m. The event is for ages 1-12. There will be story reading, a craft and the egg hunt. Participants are asked to register the number of children by calling 678-699-4740.

• Palm Sunday Vigil, St. George Catholic Church, 5 p.m.

Palm Sunday, March 25

• Palm Sunday Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 8/10 a.m.

• Contemporary Palm Sunday, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.

• Palm Sunday, Cathedral of Christ the King, Highway 34, Sharpsburg, 10 a.m. The service will include “the  distribution of – and procession with – palm leaves,” Bishop David Epps said.

• Palm Sunday Presentation by Roger/Glenna With, Liberty Christian Church, Macedonia Road, 10 a.m.

• Palm Sunday Worship/Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Lora Smith Road, 10 a.m.

• Sunday of the Passion, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Roscoe Road, 10:30 a.m.

• Palm Sunday, Hopewell United Methodist Church, 351 Jenkins Road, Tyrone, 10:30 a.m.

• Children’s Palm Sunday Music, Central Baptist Church, 10: 55 a.m.

• Traditional Palm Sunday, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.

• ”Music Alive,” children’s choir program, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.

• Palm Sunday Worship, Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m. A “palms procession to the cross” is planned, church member Emily Wilbert said.

• Palm Sunday, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 11 a.m.

•  Meditation Labyrinth opens, Moreland United Methodist Church, noon-2 p.m. Also from 5-8 p.m.

• Spanish Palm Sunday Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 12:30 p.m.

• “Eyewitness to Easter,” choir/drama presentation, Woolsey Baptist Church, 115 Hampton Road, Fayetteville, 6 p.m. Church member Patti Phillips said this will be a time to “worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and give thanks for his death and resurrection through song.”

• “Celebrate Life,” Easter music program, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Mike Ferrante, lay leader at Cornerstone, said the church’s chancel choir, praise band and orchestra will all be part of the free presentation.

Monday, March 26

•  Meditation Labyrinth, Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.-2 p.m./5-8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 27

•  Meditation Labyrinth, Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.-2 p.m./5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28

•  Meditation Labyrinth, Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.-2 p.m./5-8 p.m.

• Community Lenten Service, Newnan Presbyterian Church, noon. Charles Robinson, preaching.

• Stations of the Cross, Cathedral of Christ the King, 4881 Highway 34 E, Sharpsburg, 7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 29

•  Meditation Labyrinth, Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.-2 p.m./5-8 p.m.

• Mass of the Lord’s Supper/Washing of Feet, St. George Catholic Church, 6 p.m.

• Maundy Thursday Communion, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m.

• Maundy Thursday Service/Communion, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.

• Maundy Thursday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.

• Maundy Thursday, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Lora Smith Road, 7 p.m.

• Holy Thursday, Worship,  First United Methodist Church, Newnan, 7 p.m.

• Holy Thursday, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Tyrone, 7 p.m.

• Maundy Thursday/Holy Communion, Cathedral of Christ the King, 7:30 p.m.  Archdeacon Dan Hale of Peachtree City will bring the sermon.

• Spanish Mass of the Lord’s Supper/Washing of Feet, St. George Catholic Church, 8 p.m.

Good Friday, March 30

• Sanctuary Open for Prayer, Central Baptist Church, 10 a.m.-noon. Service at noon.

•  Meditation Labyrinth, Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.-2 p.m./5-8 p.m.

• Stations of the Cross, St. George Catholic Church, noon.

• Good Friday Service, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, noon.

• Good Friday Prayer Service, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, noon.

• Stations of the Cross, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, noon.

• Community Good Friday, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City, noon.

• Seven Last Words, St. George Catholic Church, 1 p.m.

• Tenebrae, St. George Catholic Church, 2 p.m.

• Spanish Live Stations, St. George Catholic Church, 3 p.m.

• Liturgy of Good Friday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.

• Good Friday Service, Sargent Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

• Good Friday, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

• Passion/Veneration, St. George Catholic Church 7 p.m.

• “The Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” play, Church of God of the Union Assembly, 3821 W. Hwy. 34, 7 p.m.

• "Shadows of the Cross," drama, fellowship hall, Moreland United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.

• Good Friday, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 7 p.m. Al Smith, pastor of Clark Chapel United Methodist Church in Newnan, will be preaching.

• Egg Hunt, Welcome Road Baptist Church, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 31

• Sunrise service, First Baptist Church, Haralson,  6:45 a.m. Breakfast to follow in fellowship hall.

“This will be our third sunrise service,” Spencer said.

• Egg Hunt, St. George Catholic Church, 10 a.m.

• Egg Hunt, Cathedral of Christ the King, 11 a.m.

• Egg Hunt, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Prize eggs, games, lunch. Age divisions for egg hunts. Through age 12.

• Blessing of Easter Food/Baskets, St. George Catholic Church, noon.

• Egg Hunt, Sunnyside Baptist Church, Greenville Street, 1 p.m. Church member Linda Pike said there will be “age groups through 12 years old.”

• Community Egg Hunt, Haralson City Park, 2-3:30 p.m. Sponsor: First Baptist Church, Haralson.

• Community Egg Hunt, Sharpsburg Town Park, 105 Main St., 2 p.m. Hotdogs, face painting. Sponsor: Sharpsburg Baptist Church.


• Egg Hunt, Fellowship Baptist Chapel, 1788 Tommy Lee Cook Road, Palmetto, 3 p.m.

• “The Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” play, Church of God of the Union Assembly, 7 p.m.

• Easter Vigil, St. George Catholic Church, 8 p.m. Bilingual.

• Great Vigil of Easter, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 8:30 p.m.

Easter, April 1

• Sunrise Service, Greenville Street Park, 7 a.m. Sponsored by Newnan Presbyterian Church, Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church and  First United Methodist Church, Newnan.

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

• Sunrise Service, Sargent Baptist Church, 7 a.m. Breakfast in the fellowship hall, 7:30 a.m.

• Sunrise Service, east lawn, Moreland United Methodist Church, 7 a.m. Breakfast to follow.

• Sunrise Service, Luthersville United Methodist Church, 7 a.m. The church “will provide breakfast food” after the service, said Michael McFarlin, the church’s pastor.

• Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 8/10 a.m.

• Easter Breakfast, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Men of RLC will be preparing scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice.

• Egg Hunt, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Tyrone, 9:30 a.m.

• Easter Fellowship/Coffee, fellowship hall, FaithCreek United Methodist Church, 2331 Highway 29 North, 9 a.m.

• Easter Sunday Covered Dish Breakfast, Liberty Christian Church, 9:15 a.m.

• “How Beautiful: He Paid the Debt I Owe,” cantata, Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, 2677 Highway 34 West, 10 a.m.

• Easter Celebration, Providence Baptist Church, Summers-McKoy Road, 10 a.m. Easter program to follow. Egg hunt to follow program. “Susan Brittian and Louise Gibson are chairpersons for the Easter celebration,” according to church member Doris Powell.

• Sunday School Butterfly Release, Moreland United Methodist Church, 10 a.m.

• Egg Hunt, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, after the 10:30 a.m. service. Ages 2-5, playground. Ages 6-11, Memorial Garden. Bring a basket.

• Illustrated Easter Message/Egg Hunt, Griffin First Assembly/Newnan, Jefferson Parkway, 10:45 a.m.

• Spanish Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 12:30 p.m.