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Churches plan holy week activities

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dawn Cribbs/McCook Daily Gazette The country cast of "Easter in Cricket County," sing Easter morning praises while their citified cousins cringe and do their best to shut out the caterwauling, during a dress rehearsal Monday night at Memorial United Methodist Church. The production is open to the public Thursday at 7 p.m., as Christians around the world celebrate Maundy Thursday. Front from left is Preacher Hobbs (Devlin Reese); Mimi (Robin Clay); Petunia (Colleen Olson); and Pete (Rick Loos). Back row, Grandma Taylor (Kay Flaska); Brenda Mae (Abby Johnson); Glenda Mae (Cindy McCollam); Elkin (Mike Pochop); and Fester (Todd Cooper). Not shown is Oswald (Lance Clay). Performing special music are Whitney Loos, Brooklyn Trew, Deb Wilcox and Drew Bredvick. Also contributing to the production are Dave Dame, lighting; Talon Clay, sound; Tom Poore, usher; Nina Loos, Cindy McCollam and Robin Clay, make-up; Jane Shield and Cindy Dame, food; Tor Olson, stage/props; Alisa Parde, producer; Rose Chancellor and Acme Touch, advertising; Divine Productions, videographer; and Tami Pochop, director. (Dawn Cribbs/McCook Daily Gazette)
"As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem." (Luke 9:51)

The writers of all four Gospels record Jesus' procession into Jerusalem on what would come to be known as "Palm Sunday" because the people lining the streets welcomed Jesus by throwing palm fronds on the ground in front of him.

Thus begins the holiest week on the Christian calendar as followers commemorate the final week of Jesus' earth-bound ministry.

Christian congregations in Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas have a rich history of time-honored traditions that revisit the events of that week. Everyone is invited to attend one or more of the following events:

Culbertson, Nebraska

Trinity United Methodist Church

502 Colorado

The Rev. John Lewis, pastor

Wednesday: United Methodist Men Lenten breakfast, 6:30 a.m.; Come and Go Communion, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.

Friday: Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Indianola, Nebraska

St. Catherine's Catholic Church

815 D Street

The Rev. Thomas McGuire, pastor

Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.

Friday: Good Friday Way of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Good Friday Passion/Communion Service, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Mass, 8 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Oberlin, Kansas

Decatur County Ministerial Association

The ministerial association's third annual Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., Decatur County Fairgrounds grandstand, near the corner of U.S. Highways 83 and 36.

Benkelman, Nebraska

Zion Lutheran Church

422 Sixth Ave. West

The Rev. George Matthews, pastor

Thursday: Maundy Thursday worship with Holy Communion, 7 p.m.

Friday: Worship, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Sunrise service, 6 a.m., followed by breakfast; Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt, 9:15 a.m.; Worship service with Holy Communion, 10:30 a.m.

McCook, Nebraska

Memorial United Methodist Church

105 East E

The Rev. Lance Clay, pastor

Tuesday: Healing service, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: The Passion, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Live presentation of "Easter at Cricket County"

Friday: Tenebrae, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Breakfast, 7 a.m.; Easter Celebration, 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

McCook Harvest Church

207 E. Sixth

Dave and Joann Wilson, ministers

Friday: Easter Egg Hunt, 2:30 p.m., Norris Park

Sunday: Easter Sunday with special Communion service, 10:30 a.m.

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

509 W. First

The Rev. Mary Hendricks, pastor

Tuesday: Holy Eucharist, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Holy Eucharist, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: Solemn Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar, 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Liturgy of Good Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Day, Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.

McCook Christian Church

507 West B Street

The Rev. Clark Bates, pastor

Friday: Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Sonrise Service, 7:30 a.m.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.

McCook First Church of the Nazarene

801 W. First

The Rev. Rick Stapp, pastor

Sunday: Early service, 8 a.m.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Church

401 East F Street

The Rev. Gary Brethour, pastor

Thursday: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.

Friday: Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Good Friday Liturgy, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Sunday Mass, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m.

St. Ann Church

Thursday: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Sunday Mass, 8 a.m.

Sacred Heart

Friday: Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

312 Seminole Dr.

The Rev. John Strecker-Baseler

Sunday: Easter Sunday Services, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Easter Breakfast, 9-10 a.m.

First Assembly of God

811 East C Street

K.C. and Kim Harryman, pastors

Wednesday: Family night, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Easter Service, 10:30 a.m.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

1619 W. Third

The Rev. Nathan Wilke, pastor

Thursday: Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Sunday Service, 8:30 a.m.; Easter Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.

Peace Lutheran Church

411 E. Sixth

Thursday: Maundy Thursday service, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Good Friday service, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Sunrise service, 7 a.m., followed by breakfast; Easter Worship service, 10:30 a.m.

First Congregational Church

212 East E Street

The Rev. Steve Bales, pastor

Thursday: Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.

Friday: Good Friday Lenten service, 12:05 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church; Crosswalk follows.

Sunday: Early service, 8 a.m.; no Sunday School; Breakfast with the Deacons, 8:45-9:30 a.m.; regular worship, 10:30 a.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church

39097 Road 712

The Rev. Kevin Schnakenberg, pastor

Thursday: Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Good Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Easter Service, 8 a.m., breakfast following

McCook Evangelical Free Church

602 East 14th

The Rev. Bruce Lester, pastor

Friday: Good Friday Communion service, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Easter morning coffee and rolls, 9:45 a.m.; Easter Services, 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

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