Easter celebrations in the Verde Valley

Holy Week at St. Thomas

Holy Week observances at St. Thomas of the Valley Episcopal Church in Clarkdale Good Friday at noon: Good Friday Service, following which, the church will be kept open for three hours; everyone is welcome to come and go prayerfully as they wish. Easter Sunday, April 12 at 6 a.m.: Easter Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast. Easter Service of Worship at 9 a.m. St. Thomas is located across from the post office in Clarkdale. For further information, call the church office at 634-8593 between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday-Friday.

St. Frances Cabrini Easter Schedule

Good Friday, April 10 Stations of the Cross, 1 p.m. Seven Last Words, 2-3 p.m. Liturgy of the Lords Passion, 6 p.m. Easter Vigil with Baptism - Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m. Easter Sunday April 12, Masses 8 a.m., 9.30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Note: Parish office will be closed Good Friday, April 10 and Easter Monday, April 13

Easter at Faith Lutheran Church of the Verde Valley

Good Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Witness the most crushing wound Jesus endured for us. Easter Vigil, April 11 at 6 p.m.  Waiting quietly at the tomb. Resurrection Sunday, Apr. 12.  The celebration continues with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There will be a Sunrise Communion Service at 6 a.m. followed by an Easter Breakfast, and then the 9 a.m. Worship Service. Faith Lutheran is at 2021 E. Fir St., Cottonwood, Call Pastor Karl Schloeman at (928) 634-7876.

Easter at St. Luke's

A sermon entitled "The Strife is O'er, the Battle Won!" will be preached at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Easter Sunday. Bishop David McMannes will be both the celebrant of the masses and preacher, and will be assisted by layreader John Loveland, Master of Ceremonies David DuBois, and organist Steve Sandner. Sunday's Mass hymns will include the Easter hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Alleluia! The Strife is O'er, At the Lamb's High Feast, and J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Redeeming. A special coffee and fellowship hour follows both services, and will take place on the terrace of the church. Those who attend are encouraged to bring flowers with them, as the courtyard cross is "flowered" in celebration of the Resurrection. Each Sunday Holy Communion, a quiet liturgy without music, takes place at 8 am, and is followed by The principal service of the day - the 10 am Solemn High Mass, and includes hymns, a sermon, singing of the liturgy and the full ceremonial of the historic Church. St. Luke's is an Anglo-Catholic parish, part of the Continuing Church movement in the United States, and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona. Its bishop and rector is the Rt. Rev. David Gregory McMannes, who founded in parish in 1988. The church is open weekday for private prayer and meditation, and is located at the corner of Highway 179 and Meadowlark Drive in the Chapel area of Sedona. For more information, telephone St. Luke's at (928) 282-7366. Information can also be obtained at the church's Internet domain at www.episcopalnet.org

Easter at Haven UMC

Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome will hold its traditional Easter Sunrise service at 6 a.m.  April 12, in the lower park. The worship service will include gospel music and a short Easter message by Pastor Vicki Lerdahl.  Following the service, they will release the  "Doves of Peace" and watch them fly into the sunrise over the Verde Valley.    Then everyone is invited to the church for an Easter breakfast. The regular worship service will be held at 9 a.m.

Emmanuel Fellowship Easter production

Emmanuel Fellowship's Creative Arts Department presents the 11th annual Celebration of Easter. This year's production is an illustrated sermon called "The Day Death Died" and will take the audience through the trial and crucifixion of Jesus to His glorious resurrection. Produced by Mikel Swank, Celebration of Easter has a cast and crew of over 100 people; a live band and choir with exciting music; beautiful costumes; spectacular lighting; and awesome special effects. "The Day Death Died" will be broken into three different shows. Part One will be Palm Sunday, April 5, at 10:15 a.m. and Part Two will be Easter Sunday, April 12, at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. On Good Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. "The Day Death Died" will be done in its entirety as one show. Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance. It is advised to arrive early to get in line as seats fill up quickly when the doors open. All performances of Celebration of Easter are free and on a first come first seated basis. Due to the graphic nature and content of this production, young viewers may be disturbed. Parental discretion is advised. For more information please call the box office at Emmanuel Fellowship at (928) 634-3034 Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Emmanuel Fellowship is pastored by Frank Nevarez and is located at 1580 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood (one block west of Mingus Union High School).

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Easter

On Good Friday, April 10, we will gather at our church property at Scenic Drive and Old Jerome Hwy in Clarkdale at 6 p.m. to meditate on Jesus' words from the cross.  Dress appropriately for this outdoor service and bring a chair. Our Easter Sunrise Service at the same property begins at 6 a.m.  Bring a chair and invite a friend to this inspiring worship time. Traditional Easter Worship begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mingus & Willard Streets.  There will be special music and Holy Communion. Following Traditional worship, all are invited to our delicious Easter Breakfast with a free will offering benefitting the Arizona Food Bank. Resurrection Praise Worship will feature some great contemporary Christian celebration songs.  It begins at 7th Day Adventist Church at 10:45 a.m. Call 634-4102 for info or see spiritofjoyctwood.org

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