Antiochian Orthodox Church, 65159 C.R. 33, Goshen, invites the community to attend upcoming Lenten services, which will culminate on Pascha (Orthodox Easter) May 5. At 6 p.m. each Friday through April 26 will be an Akathist service to the Theotokos (Mary). These hour-long services include hymns of the Annunciation, Nativity, Christ and the Theotokos herself. The services will be followed by a soup supper and lecture series by Father Matthew Wade, priest at St. Mary’s, on the “Women of the Old Testament.” Following the Akathist service on April 26 is a guided tour of St. Mary’s newest iconography, recently painted by local iconographer and parishioner Brian Whirledge. Sunday is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. St. Mary’s will be celebrating liturgy at 10 a.m. with four Orthodox churches from around the Michiana area, followed by a carry-in meal. Additional Lenten services are at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Pre-sanctified Liturgy, Wednesdays through April 24; Annunciation of the Theotokos, 8 a.m. Monday; Bridegroom Matins, April 28-30; Holy Unction and Blessing of Oils, May 1; St. Basil’s Liturgy, 9 a.m. May 2; Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels, May 2; Royal Hours, 8:30 a.m., and Vespers, 4:30 p.m., Good Friday, May 3; Lamentations, Good Friday, May 3; Preparation Prayers, 8 a.m., and St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy, 9 a.m., Saturday, May 4. Holy Pascha, the most important service in the Orthodox church, starts at 10:30 a.m. May 4, followed by a middle-of-the-night carry-in dinner. At noon May 5 is Agape Vespers, where the Gospel reading of the first appearance of the risen Lord will be read in as many languages as known by those present. Regular weekly services will continue throughout Lent. For additional information about St. Mary’s or directions to the church, go to www.stmarysorthodox.org.
Creekside Church of the Brethren of Elkhart, located on C.R. 113 in the Dunlap area: Easter Sunday Sonrise service, a relaxed service, begins at 8 a.m. with activities. Easter breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. The Easter service begins at 10 a.m. with special music and worship. No Sunday school.
Dunlap United Methodist Church, 23674 U.S. 33: A joyous observance of Easter begins with the youth leading a 7 a.m. sunrise service on Sunday, March 31, followed by an Easter breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sunday school will be at 8:30 a.m., with a children’s Easter egg hunt at 9:30. The celebration of the Resurrection will be at 10, with the combined choirs participating.
Easter morning at Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St., includes a 7:30 a.m. sunrise worship service, 8 a.m. breakfast, 9:30 a.m. worship and 11 a.m. Easter egg hunt for the children. The 9:30 worship features a 25-member choir giving the musical message of “Upon This Rock: The Passion, the Question, the Call.”
Penn Friends Community Church, 19107 Penn Road, at the corner of Penn and Quaker streets, Cassopolis, Mich., will present the Easter musical “The Sacrifice: Greater Love Has No One Than This,” at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31. The musical includes a video dramatization of the Easter story. Child care and cry room provided. Call 269-445-8546 for more information.
St. James A.M.E. Church Drama Ministry, 122 Martin Luther King Drive, will present “It Wasn’t Me” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Not your traditional Easter play or concert.
St. John of the Cross, Bristol, will celebrate the Easter Eucharist to honor our risen Lord at 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31. After the service there will be an egg hunt for the children. Information: 848-7114.
St. Mary’s Central Christian Church, 418 W. Franklin St.: 8 to 9 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31, Easter breakfast, 9:30 a.m. Easter worship service.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 405 W. Beardsley Ave.: Easter Sunday, March 31, Resurrection celebration during the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services. The message will be “Dying to Live, Living to Tell, Telling to Save.”