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Church News - April 20

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First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon will be offering Lenten soup suppers and studies each Wednesday during Lent, 5:30-6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This year, we will be studying the influences Old Testament feasts and holy days have on Christian holy days. On the last Wednesday before Easter, there will be a Passover meal. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 838-2473.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will have its Holy Week services including: Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m., Foot Washing Service with Holy Eucharist; Friday, April 22, 7 p.m., Good Friday Service with Holy Eucharist; Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m., Easter Sunday Service with Holy Eucharist.
St. Stephen’s is also welcoming new priest Rev. Kathryn Costas.

Community Good Friday Service
In observance of Good Friday, the Mount Vernon Ministerial Association invites you to a Good Friday service on April 22. The service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church located at 602 Mulberry Street in Mount Vernon. Worship will begin at 12:05 p.m. and last about 50 minutes. Frank Liberti will be leading a community choir at the service. Those who wish to share their musical talents and participate in the choir, contact Frank at 838-5343 or Rev. Allen Rutherford of St. John’s Episcopal Church at 838-5445.

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church invites you to our annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. All children age 12 and younger are welcome, along with their families. There will be a hunt, a snack, a presentation by Pastor Derrick, and a drawing for prizes. For more information, contact Pastor Derrick at 838-2187 or pastor@fbcmtvernon.org.
Faith United Methodist
Faith United Methodist Church, at Third and Wolflin streets, will have its Easter Sunrise service at 6 a.m., Sunday, April 24.
Breakfast will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.

Trinity United Church of Christ
The animal stories that have been told during Lent at Trinity United Church of Christ, at Fifth and Mulberry streets, have proven so popular that they will continue during Holy Week. The public is invited to join in the experiences.
On April 21 at 7 p.m., Muffy, the lamb, will help people understand the Passover and the events during and after Jesus’ Last Supper. Trinity Church’s observance includes Holy Communion and the “stripping of the chancel.”
On Good Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. the Tenebrae Service of growing darkness will include the Passion Story according to Matthew, interspersed with many songs.
The extinguishing of candles will visually convey the chaos, disobedience, separation, sin  and death that are at the core of the Passion of Christ.
People who gather for the Sunrise Easter Service at 6:30 a.m. on April 24 are invited to bring flowers from their garden to attach to the Resurrection Cross that will be near the Fifth Street handicapped entrance that leads to the elevator in Trinity Church.
The indoor sunrise service features a dramatic presentation that explains the connection between fish and the resurrection. A breakfast will follow the service. Reservations may be made by calling the church at 838-3805.
The Easter Children’s Hour will be held at 9 a.m. on April 24 in the Educational Building of Trinity.
A brass ensemble will be featured during the 10:10 Festive Easter Worship on April 24. The service also includes Holy Communion. People may bring flowers to the Resurrection Cross on 5th Street throughout the day.
Trinity UCC has both a ramp and an indoor elevator to facilitate access to the services, meal, and children’s program.