In one of the busiest weeks of the year, Lodi-area churches will be involved in a series of services during Holy Week, which leads up to Easter Sunday. Today is Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Maundy Thursday commemorates "The Lord's Supper," or what is commonly called "The Last Supper." Good Friday observes Jesus hanging from the cross, while Easter celebrates His Resurrection.
Lodi and Galt will each have community Good Friday services beginning at noon. Here are the details:
Location: First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Oak St. at Church Street.
Participating pastors: Mike Abdollahzadeh, Lodi Avenue Baptist Church; Brent Brusett, English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church; Bill Cummins, Bear Creek Community Church; Jack Dawson, United Congregational Christian Church; Matt Duerr, Zion Reformed Church; David Hill, Grace Presbyterian Church; Perry Kallis, Temple Baptist Church; Alan Kimber, First United Methodist Church; Sarah Meckler, St. Paul Lutheran Church; Patrice MucCular, New Covenant Tabernacle Church; Steve Newman, First Baptist Church; Kevin Suess and Rod Suess, Vinewood Community Church; Chris Townsend, Emanuel Lutheran Church; Father Brandon Ware, St. Anne's Catholic Church; Dan Williams, Salvation Army.
Organist: Kharis Powell of First United Methodist Church.
Offering: Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Shelter.
Location: Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church, 619 Myrtle Ave.
Participating pastors: Jeff McEachron, Gravity Church in Lodi; James Seiler, MarsHill Church in Galt; Rick Keiser, Family Life Christian Church; Jon Kibler-McCabe, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church; Larry Groves, First Baptist Church; Helen Mansfield, Galt United Methodist Church; Jim Witcombe, Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church; Tim Stevenson, Horizon Community Church.
Other highlights: Children from Galt Seventh-day Adventist School will sing; Pastor Tim Stevenson and Jeff Carle of Horizon Community Church will offer a closing song.
Offering: To benefit Sunshine Closet, which provides food for the needy.
Other Holy Week services
Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi: Easter service at 9 and 11 a.m. April 24; sunset service at 6 p.m.
Big Valley Bible Church, 226 Poplar St., Lodi: The Singing Darden Family, Easter Sunday, 10 a.m.
Calvary Bible Church, 18621 N. Highway 99 (western frontage road), Acampo: Sunday school at 9 a.m., Easter services at 10:30 a.m., children's egg hunt at noon.
Century Assembly, 550 W. Century Blvd., Lodi: Easter service at 10:15 a.m. featuring a drama with special music and guest speaker Pastor Mark Guerrero from MarsHill Community Church in Sacramento; Easter party for children in kindergarten through sixth grade at 10;15 a.m.
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 420 S. Central Ave., Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday Service of Seven Words at 3 p.m., Good Friday Service of Darkness at 7 p.m., Easter vigil at 7 a.m., Easter breakfast at 8:15 a.m., Easter festal service at 10 a.m.
Cornerstone Church: Easter service at 10 a.m. with lunch following at Lodi Middle School, Ham Lane at Vine Street, Lodi.
Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1540 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday service at 7 p.m., celebration of the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday, with Sonrise worship at 6 a.m., breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and services at 8:15 and 11 a.m.
Ebenezer Congregational Church, 825 S. Central Ave., Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m., Good Friday quiet hour at 6 p.m., Easter service at 10:30 a.m.
Faith Community Church: Sunrise Easter service with First Baptist and Vinewood churches, 6 a.m. at Lodi Lake amphitheater.
Family Life Christian Church, 85 Enterprise Court, Galt: Palm Sunday at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m., Good Friday at 6:30 and 9 p.m., Easter services at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church, 267 N. Mills Ave., Lodi: Sunrise service with Faith and Vinewood churches, 6 a.m., at Lodi Lake amphitheater; Easter services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at the church; refuge-contemporary service at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Oak St., Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Easter services at 8 and 10 a.m.
Galt United Methodist Church, 571 C St.: Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter services at 6:45 and 10 a.m.
Gateway Church, 13555 E. Hammond St., Lockeford: Easter service at 10:30 a.m. Easter egg hunt to follow at Lockeford Elementary School, 19456 N. Tully Road.
Harvest Bible Church, 10088 N. Highway 99 (east frontage road), Morada: Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday; Easter services at 9, 11 and 6:30 p.m.
The Home Church, 11451 N. West Lane, Lodi: Easter services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Horizon Community Church: 9 and 11 a.m., Galt High School gym, 145 N. Lincoln Way.
Lodi Avenue Baptist Church, 2301 W. Lodi Ave.: Easter service at 10 a.m.
Lodi Community Church, 444 W. Turner Road: Easter service at 10 a.m.
MarsHill Church of Galt: Easter service at 10 a.m., at McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive, Galt.
Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, 26500 N. Sacramento Blvd., Thornton: Live Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m. Friday; Good Friday service in Spanish at 2 p.m.; Easter Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Spanish, 11 a.m. in English.
New Hope Assembly of God, 200 New Hope Road, Galt: Good Friday service at 7 p.m.; Easter pancake breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m.; Easter service at 10:30 a.m.; Easter egg hunt from noon to 2 p.m.
New Hope Community Church, 330 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi: Good Friday service featuring a one-man dramatic presentation of what Jesus saw and felt, 7 p.m., Easter service at 10:30 a.m.
Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1845 S. Ham Lane, Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 4 p.m., Good Friday service at 4 p.m., Easter service at 10 a.m. with continental breakfast to follow.
St. Anne's Catholic Church, 215 W. Walnut St., Lodi: Holy Thursday bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. with procession to the hall with Adoration until midnight; Good Friday at 1:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Live Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m. Thursday; Holy Saturday, (April 23) with an English vigil at 8:30 p.m. and Spanish Easter Mass at 11 p.m.; Easter Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Spanish (there will be no 7 a.m. or 6 p.m. Masses).
St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 920 W. March Lane, Stockton: Holy Thursday dying of red eggs at 6 a.m., Holy Passion service at 7 p.m.' Holy Friday service at 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday service at 11:59 p.m.; Vespers service at 11 a.m. Sunday, meal on festival grounds, children's Easter egg hunt.
St. Joachim's Catholic Church, 13392 W. Lockeford Ranch Drive, Lockeford: Holy Thursday with Mass of the Last Supper in English at 6 p.m. and in Spanish at 7 p.m.; Good Friday services at noon and 6 p.m. in English, 7 p.m. in Spanish; Holy Saturday with Easter vigil Mass in English at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday Mass at 8 and 9:15 a.m. in English, 11:30 a.m. in Spanish.
St. John's Episcopal Church, 1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi: Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7:30 p.m. and prayer vigil from 9 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday; Good Friday solemn liturgy with devotions at the Cross at noon, and the Way of the Cross for children and those who love them at 6 p.m.; Holy Saturday great vigil of Easter and festal holy Eucharist (incense) at 7:30 p.m.; Easter choral holy Eucharist with communal feast following at 8:30 a.m., holy Eucharist (incense) at 10:30 a.m. and children's Easter egg hunt at noon.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 S. Pleasant Ave., Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.; Good Friday at 5 and 7 p.m.; Easter vigil at 7 p.m. Saturday; Easter services at 6, 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Easter brunch from 7:15 to 10:15 a.m.
St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2400 Oxford Way, Lodi: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday service at 11 a.m. in the children's chapel and 7 p.m. Tenebrae service in regular chapel, Easter services at 8 and 10:45 a.m., Easter breakfast from 8 to 10:30, Easter egg hunt from 10 to 10:20 a.m.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 604 E. St., Galt: Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7 p.m.; Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; Easter service at 10 a.m.
Temple Baptist Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi: Passover Seder meal at 6 p.m. today. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 children under 11; Good Friday at 7 p.m.. The Lord's Supper will be served; Easter breakfast at 6:45 a.m. with donations to benefit the Mexico Missions Team that will serve in Agua Viva in October; Easter services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Children's Easter parties during both services; Easter service at 6:15 a.m. at the outside amphitheater, Easter services at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
United Congregational Christian Church, 701 S. Hutchins St., Lodi: Maundy Thursday supper at 6 p.m., service at 7 p.m.; Good Friday service at 7 p.m.; Easter service at 10:30 a.m. with Easter egg hunt to follow.
Vinewood Community Church, 1900 W. Vine St., Lodi: Stations of the Cross all day and night today until 4:30 p.m. Friday; Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.; Easter service at 9:30 a.m.
Zion Reformed Church, 105 S. Ham Lane, Lodi: Good Friday Tenebrae service of darkness at 7 p.m.; Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; Easter Egg Hunt at 9:15 a.m.; flowering of the Cross at 9:30 a.m., and Communion/celebration service at 10 a.m.