It will be an active Easter Sunday locally. Many churches will have sunrise services, and some of them are adding services to accommodate the larger crowds expected for Easter.
Lodi Lake will be the setting for a sunrise service involving four churches - Lodi Avenue Baptist, Lodi Community, First Baptist and Vinewood. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Lodi Lake amphitheater on Turner Road. The community is invited.
Some pastors plan to have a special message Sunday, while others say theirs will be more traditional as Christians celebrate Jesus' resurrection.
"Our whole Lenten season has been focusing on the gospel as 'good news,' " said James R. "Bo" Crowe, pastor of United Congregational Christian Church in Lodi. "When we experience resurrection, we experience hope, courage and love.
"We are acknowledging the fact that we grow complacent and sometimes indifferent," Crowe said. "God will not let us become estranged. This is a God of forgiveness, compassion and love, not judgment and condemnation, which is good news."
Chan Keith, pastor of Westside Assembly in Lodi, said he will focus on what he calls the reality of the resurrection.
"I will talk about how discovering the resurrection in their own lives changes Christianity from a philosophy to a dynamic," Keith said. "A lot of people haven't come to grips that (Jesus) is alive."
In addition to Easter services, many churches will have fellowship gatherings and Easter egg hunts for children.
Local Easter services scheduled for Sunday:
Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road, north of Eight Mile Road, Lodi. Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. 369-2202 or 951-9229.
Bethel Open Bible, 760 S. Ham Lane: Service at 9 a.m. 334-6884.
Calvary Bible Church, 18621 N. Highway 99, west frontage: Services at 6, 8 and 10:30 a.m. 367-7940.
Calvary Chapel, 1230 S. Central Ave.: Easter service at 10 a.m. at Lodi Academy chapel. 333-8522.
Century Assembly, 550 W. Century Blvd.: Service at 10:15 a.m., no Sunday school or evening service. 334-3225.
Christ Evangelical Lutheran (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod), 420 S. Central Ave.: Easter song service at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Matins service at 10 a.m. 368-6250.
Church of Christ, 501 S. Washington St.:, Lodi. Services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 333-7617.
Cornerstone Your Servant Church, 701 N. Stockton St. Free breakfast at 9 a.m. Easter Sunday, special Resurrection program at 10 a.m. No fancy clothes required. 333-2526.
Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1540 W. Lodi Ave.: Services at 6, 8:15 and 11 a.m. Breakfast at 7 a.m.; Easter egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. in place of Sunday school and Bible study. 334-2130.
Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road: Great Vigil of Easter - Holy Eucharist at 9 p.m., followed by an Easter feast; March 31, Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Holy Eucharist at 10:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nursery care available and Easter egg hunt available after each service. 369-3381.
Faith Fellowship (Four-square Gospel Church), 500 Park St.: Brunch and Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m., service at 10 a.m. 369-3004.
First Baptist Church of Lodi, Pine and Central streets: Service at 6:30 a.m. at Lodi Lake; Easter celebration at 9 and 11 a.m. at First Baptist. 334-1332.
First United Methodist Church of Lodi, 200 W. Oak St.: Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., other services at 8:15 and 10 a.m.; floral cross celebration at 9:30 a.m., where public brings flowers from their garden. 368-5357.
Grace Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Mills Ave.: Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., regular Easter service at 9:30 a.m.; Easter egg hunt at 8:30 a.m.; Praise Band from 8 to 9:30 p.m. 369-1062. E-mail email@example.com.
Ham Lane Church of Christ, 600 S. Ham Lane: Theme is "You Only Live Twice." Services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 369-2817.
Heartland Community Church, 651 N. Cherokee Lane: Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. 333-7089.
Kettleman Lane Community Church, 2223 W. Kettleman Lane: Service including a drama at 10:45 a.m., refreshments at 10 a.m. Web site firstname.lastname@example.org. 368-0047
Lodi Community Church, (Church of God), 444 W. Turner Road: Participating in sunrise Easter service at 6:30 a.m. at Lodi Lake amphitheater. 369-8461.
New Hope Community Church of Lodi, 330 South Fairmont Ave., Suite 1: Breakfast at 9:30 a.m., service at 10:30 a.m. 334-4673. www.newhopelodi.org.
New Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 345 E. Elm St.: Easter service is a musical presentation called "Through the Cross" at 10 a.m. 333-2339.
Providence Reformed, 245 E. Vine St., Lodi. Service at 10:30 a.m. 367-0552.
Redeemer Lutheran (Missouri Synod), 1845 S. Ham Lane: Service at 10 a.m.; continental breakfast to follow. 368-2288.
St. Anne's Catholic Church, 215 W. Walnut St.: Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Spanish. 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Masses canceled. 369-1907.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lee Avenue at Tokay Street.: Sunrise service at 6 a.m. at the church, festive worship at 10 a.m. at Fairmont Seventh-day Adventist Church, 730 Fairmont Ave. Fellowship time with continental breakfast after each service. 368-2747.
St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran (Missouri Synod), 2400 Oxford Way: Services at 8 and 10:45 a.m. 333-2223.
Salvation Army, 525 W. Lockeford St.: Service at 11 a.m. 369-5896.
Temple Baptist Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road: Participating at sunrise service at 6 a.m. at Lodi Lake; breakfast from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. to benefit Hume Lake Scholarship Fund; services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the church; children's Easter party for children from age 2 through third grade at 9 and 10:30 a.m.; evening service canceled. 369-1948. www.templebaptistlodi.com.
United Congregational Christian Church, 701 S. Hutchins St.: Service at 10:30 a.m., with children's Easter egg hunt to follow. 368-1955.
Vinewood Community Church, 1900 W. Vine St.: Participating in sunrise service at Lodi Lake at 6:30 a.m.; services at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Coffee fellowship after the first service. 369-1068.
Westside Assembly of God, 75 N. Crescent Ave.: Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. 333-8491.
Family Life Christian Church, Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. at Marengo Ranch Elementary, 1000 Elk Hills Drive. Kids' celebration and Easter egg hunt for babies through sixth grade after the first service. Nursery care provided for children up to age 5. 745-3747.
First Baptist Church of Galt, 653 A St.: Services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. will feature the church choir musical, "There's Room at the Cross." Video moments will include an excerpt from Jebby's rock opera, "Picture of Jesus." 745-4665.
Galt Bible Church, 801 Church St.: Sunrise service at 7:30 a.m., evening service canceled. 745-1307.
Galt United Methodist Church, 571 C St.: Service at 10 a.m. 745-4133 or 745-1898.
Horizon Community Church, Easter service at 9 and 11 a.m. at Galt High School gym, 145 N. Lincoln Way. "Rockin' kids program" for age 5 through fifth grade in the Nottoli Dome at 11 a.m.. "Road to Resurrection" before and after each service. Muffins and coffee between services. Nursery provided during both services for children up to age 4 in Nottoli Dome. 745-0700.
St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 950 S. Lincoln Way: The Great Vigil, Holy Saturday at 7 p.m. March 30 in English; Easter Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. in English and at 5 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish. 745-1389 or 744-2179.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Third and B streets: Joint Easter vigil at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 9085 Calvine Road, Elk Grove. 745-2784.
Shepherd of the Valley, 604 E St.: Services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 745-1825.
First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Lockeford, 11011 E. Highway 12: Sunrise service at 6 a.m. outside, weather permitting. Breakfast will be held after sunrise service. Regular services will be held at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 333-0129.
St. Joachim Catholic Church, 13392 W. Lockeford Ranch Drive: Easter Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. March 30; Mass of Resurrection on Easter Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in English and 11:30 a.m. in Spanish. 727-3912.
Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, 26500 Sacramento Blvd.: Mass at 9:30 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. 369-1907.
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