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Easter services planned

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will host its annual non-denominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 24.

The service will take place at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

All Island churches, as members of All Island Denominations, also will participate in the service with readings from Scripture and songs.

The Rev. Dee deMontmillion of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach will deliver the invocation.

The Revs. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Edward Moss of Crosspointe Fellowship and Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Community Church will read from Scripture.

The Rev. Michael Mullen of St. Bernard Catholic Church will give the benediction.

And the Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beach will deliver the sermon, “The Good News.”

Worshipers are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets and, if possible, ride the free trolley to the beach.

In addition to the Kiwanis service, Island churches will host Easter programs, including:

• Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a contemporary Easter service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:15 a.m.

Also, a Good Friday service will take place on April 22 at 7 p.m.

• The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will take place at 10:15 a.m.

The church will observe Maundy Thursday on April 21 at 6 p.m. with services, the stripping of the altar, foot washing and a vigil.

On Good Friday, at noon, the church will observe the seven last words from the cross, concluding with stations of the cross.

• At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, there will be two Easter services, at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. An Easter potluck brunch will take place at 9 a.m.

Also, the church will observe Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Good Friday, the church will hold services at noon and 7 p.m.

• Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold Easter and Palm Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.

• Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will hold two services in the sanctuary on Easter, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m.

The church also will hold a 7 p.m. service in the sanctuary on Holy Thursday and a noon service in the chapel on Good Friday.

• St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate Easter with Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

An egg hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Also, the church will observe Holy Thursday with a service at 7 p.m.

On Good Friday, a Passion of Our Lord program will take place at 3 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.

Holy week masses April 18-22 will take place at 8 a.m.

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