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Egg hunts, movies, special services lined up for Easter week

Pontious Pilot and others talk about Jesus' fate in the Hermitage Players' 2018 Passion Proclamation play. (Courtesy Father David Janes)
Thursday, April 11, 2019

For Christians, Easter is a much more important day than Christmas.

While Christmas marks the birth of Jesus, Easter is the day Christians believe Jesus came back to life after being put to death on a cross. It is a celebration for people worldwide who profess Jesus as their savior, because he conquered death and made it possible for them to live forever in Heaven.

Clatsop County’s churches and other organizations offer a variety of activities in the week leading up to Easter, which falls on April 21 this year.

Here is a list of some of the most noteworthy:

** Saturday, April 13

The Astoria Passion Proclamation, 3:30 p.m., Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St., Astoria. Donations accepted at the door.

The third annual passion play by the Hermitage Players is produced by retired priest Father David Janes. It uses spare and evocative staging to present timeless truths. The players present the passion as it has been presented over the centuries, but against a stark and evocative modern setting. The result is a moving experience of the story that is fundamental to Christian faith.

** Sunday, April 14

Palm Sunday service, 10 a.m., Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 3332 Patriot Way, Warrenton. The service will celebrate the humble, yet triumphant final entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with music by violinist and composer Kim Angelis, soprano Bereniece Jones-Centeno and pianist Jane McGeehan. The service includes Angelis’ composition, “My Soul Magnifies the Lord,” based on the Magnificat, which premiered at her “Music at Pioneer” concert last December.

Communion lunch, 12:30 p.m., Calvary Assembly of God, 1365 S. Main Ave., Warrenton. Participants should bring a favorite side dish or dessert.

The clay-animation movie “Miracle Maker,” which tells the story of Jesus, will be shown at 6 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., Astoria. The public is invited to begin Holy Week watching this reminder of what Jesus came to do.

** Thursday, April 18

Simple soup supper, followed by a traditional service of scripture, prayer and foot-washing, 5 p.m., Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 3332 Patriot Way, Warrenton. The service concludes by stripping the chapel of all decoration in anticipation of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus.

Maundy Thursday communion service, 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., Astoria. Good Friday Service, 7 p.m. Thursday (yes, Thursday), Coastline Christian Fellowship, worship, scripture reading and communion.

** Friday, April 19

Good Friday service, 7 p.m., Christian Church of Warrenton, 1376 S.E. Anchor Ave.

** Saturday, April 20

Barbecue with children’s Easter egg hunt, noon, First Baptist Church of Warrenton, 30 N.E. First St.

** Sunday, April 21

Easter sunrise service, 6:30 a.m., and Easter celebration with special music, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Warrenton, 30 N.E. First St.

Community Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., Astoria Column.

Easter breakfast, 9:15 a.m., followed by an Easter service at 10 a.m., Lighthouse Christian, 88786 Dellmoor Loop. An Easter egg hunt follows the service.

Easter breakfast, 9 a.m., followed by a Sunday School Easter celebration at 9:45 a.m. and Resurrection Worship Service 11 a.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., Astoria.

Easter celebration service, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Christian Church of Warrenton, 1376 S.E. Anchor Ave.

Easter celebration with special music by pianists Jane McGeehan and Kaisa Liljenwall, vocalists Cheryl Capellen, Terry Arnall and Wedgie Winchester, 10 a.m., Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 3332 Patriot Way.

Easter at the Liberty Theatre sponsored by New Life Christian Church, 10 a.m., 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. Child care for infants through age 5.

Resurrection Celebration with special musical guests “The Morning Tide,” 10 a.m., Coastline Christian Fellowship, 89386 Highway 202, Astoria. Baptisms will follow the service.

Easter services, 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., North Coast Family Fellowship, 2245 N. Wahanna Road, Seaside.

Kim Angelis will play her composition "My Soul Magnifies the Lord," based upon the Magnificat, during Pioneer Presbyterian's Palm Sunday service. (Pioneer Presbyterian)

Soprano Bereniece Jones-Centeno will sing during Pioneer Presbyterian's Palm Sunday service. (Pioneer Presbyterian)

Pianists Jane McGeehan and Kaisa Liljenwall will be featured during Pioneer Presbyterian's Easter service. (Pioneer Presbyterian)


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