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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:31 am, Fri Apr 6, 2012.

Along with Christmas, Easter and Good Friday are the times when most people attend church. Some attend services only on those days. Good Friday, taking place tomorrow, commemorates Jesus' death on the Cross, while Easter Sunday celebrates His Resurrection.

In Downtown Lodi, First United Methodist Church will have its traditional community Good Friday service at noon featuring 19 pastors. The church is at 200 W. Oak St. at Church Street.

Barring last-minute needs at their own churches, the following pastors are scheduled to participate at the community service: Mike Abdollahzadeh, Lodi Avenue Baptist; Brent Brusett, English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist; Bill Cummins, Bear Creek Community; Jack Dawson, United Congregational Christian; Chad Donley, Ham Lane Church of Christ; Matt Duerr, Zion Reformed; David Hill, Grace Presbyterian; Perry Kallis, Temple Baptist; Alan Kimber, First United Methodist; Sarah Meckler, St. Paul Lutheran; Patrice MucCular, New Covenant Tabernacle; Steve Newman, First Baptist; David Rails, Lodi Community; Kevin Suess and Rod Suess, Vinewood Community; Chris Townsend, Emanuel Lutheran; Brandon Ware, St. Anne's Catholic; Capt. Dan Williams, Lodi Corps Salvation Army.

Newman will lead a special "clergy choir." Proceeds from the offering will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army single-parent units.

Here is a list of other Good Friday services:

St. Anne's Catholic Church

215 W. Walnut Ave., Lodi: 1:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; bilingual live Stations of the Cross Friday at 5 p.m. in and around the church.

St. Joachim's Catholic Church

13392 Lockeford Ranch Drive, Lockeford: Noon and 6 p.m. in English, 7 p.m. in Spanish.

Lodi Community Church

444 W. Turner Road, Lodi: 7:30 p.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1845 S. Ham Lane, Lodi: 4 p.m.

United Congregational Christian Church

701 S. Hutchins St., Lodi: 7 p.m.

Temple Baptist Church

805 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi: Solemn service at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church

267 N. Mills Ave., Lodi: "Because of the Cross," a musical with a muralist painting on canvas and ballet dancers performing with the church choir, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Zion Reformed Church

105 S. Ham Lane, Lodi: Tenebrae Service of Darkness at 7 p.m.

Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church

26500 N. Sacramento Blvd., Thornton: 6 p.m. in Spanish and bilingual live Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m. in and around the church.

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 with Holy Communion at 10 a.m.

St. Peter Lutheran Church

2400 Oxford Way, Lodi: 7 p.m.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

420 S. Central Ave., Lodi: 1 and 7 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church

1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi: 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.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

701 S. Pleasant Ave., Lodi: 6:30 p.m.

Emanuel Lutheran Church

1540 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi: 7 p.m.

Galt United Methodist Church

220 Sixth St., Galt: 7 p.m.

Mars Hill Galt (also known as Real Life Church)

Services at McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive, Galt: Worship concert at 7 p.m.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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