Easter falls on April 20 this year and always comes with plenty of activities and services in the local churches. Whether you are a member of these churches or not, residents are invited to take part in any or all of these events.

Memorial Lutheran

Memorial Lutheran Church has activities spanning the entire week before Easter, beginning with the "Passion Liturgy, Cry of the Whole Congregation" by Walt Wangerin on Saturday, April 12 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, at 9 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 17, will be celebrated with Holy Communion at 7 p.m.

The Ecumenical Way of the Cross will take place on Friday, April 18 at noon (in conjunction with other churches in town). It will begin with the Procession of the Cross at Central Presbyterian and end with Readings on the Way of the Cross at St. Patrick’s at about 12:25 p.m. Good Friday services will take place at 7 p.m.

The Easter Vigil begins at 5 p.m. on April 19, and the Easter Dawn service starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday. There will be an Easter Festival at 10 a.m.

First United Methodist

First United Methodist Church will present a Palm Parade on April 13 at both worship services (8:30 and 10:45 a.m.) and a special Palm Parade during Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

The church will hold a prayer breakfast on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 a.m. and a 7 p.m. worship and communion in the sanctuary on Maundy Thursday, April 17.

On Good Friday, the church will take part in the multi-church Ecumenical Way of the Cross at noon, and there will be a worship service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. On Easter morning, you can attend one of three worship services - Sunrise at 7 a.m., Contemporary at 8:30 and Traditional at 10:45.

Living Water

Living Water Fellowship will be hosting a Resurrection Service at 10 a.m. on Easter day. Prior to the service, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a continental breakfast.

First Christian

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) begins its Easter week services on Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. There will be a Good Friday service, again at 7 p.m., and two choices of services on Easter, starting with a Sunrise service at 7 a.m. and a later Easter service at 10:30 a.m. In between the two services, there will be an Easter Breakfast, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Catholic Cluster

The Story-Marshall Cluster of Catholic Churches will hold Mass at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday at St. Patrick’s in Nevada.

Good Friday services will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Colo with a liturgy, and at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s in Zearing with a liturgy.

Holy Saturday, April 19, will be observed at St. Joseph’s in State Center, where a vigil begins at 7 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, three masses will be held: St. Mary’s in Colo and St. Gabriel’s in Zearing both start at 8:30 a.m.; St. Patrick in Nevada will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Central Presbyterian

Central Presbyterian Church in Nevada will hold a 7 p.m. worship service each evening during Holy Week, April 14-18. They will hold their Easter Day worship at 10:30 a.m.