The Lake Barkley State Resort Park has a slate of events scheduled for Easter Sunday. Noon will see a buffet luncheon at the resort’s dining room, immediately followed by a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Fitness Center at 1 pm. At 2 pm, also at the fitness center, there will be an Easter egg hunt. Children will be divided into 4 age groups for that event.
The Hurricane Baptist Church will be one of many churches delivering a sunrise service at 7 am, followed by an Easter breakfast. Sunday School will be at 9:45 and a second service at 11 am.
The Trigg County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a pair of events, beginning with a “Cross Walk” on April 14. The 14th, which is Good Friday will see the walk begin in front of the Cadiz United Methodist Church at 10 am. With a route along Main Street, participants will stop along the way for Bible readings, devotionals and prayer. To commemorate Christ’s walk with the cross borne on his shoulder, the walk ends at the Cadiz Christian Church. An inter-denominational service which all are welcome to attend will be held at sunrise, 6:30 am, at the Lake Barkley Resort Park. Many other churches have these events on their schedules as well.
Though not on Easter Sunday, the Emmanuel Bible Church will be conducting a “Maundy Thursday” service on April 13. According to an email press release sent by Rev. Daniel Swartz, “The service derives its name from the Latin “mandatum.” This refers to the command or mandate that Christ gave his disciples at the Last Supper. He said to them ‘a new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ (John 13:34).” Plans include reading Scriptures mentioning the last hours of Christ with his Apostles, and the Lord’s Supper.
The Last Supper itself will be re-enacted at the Canton Baptist Church on April 13 at 7 pm. The Canton church will also be performing a dramatic vignette on Easter Sunday at 8:30. The title is “Sonrise,” and will feature Mary’s Lament, performed by Diane Ford.
Another press release comes to the Cadiz Record from the Ponderosa Baptist Church. Their schedule of events features a 6:30 pm Good Friday service, Easter sunrise services at 7 am, followed by breakfast, Sunday School at 9 am and worship at 10 am. There will be no evening services that day.
St. Steven’s Catholic Church is collaborating with St. Henry’s Church of Aurora in a number of events. A Holy Thursday Potluck at 5:30 followed by a 7 pm Liturgy, and a Night Watch until midnight will be at the Aurora church. Good Friday will see a Liturgy at 7 pm. Saturday St. Henry’s will host an 8 pm Vigil. Easter Sunday events include an 8 am Liturgy at St. Stephen’s, and a second at 10:30 at St. Henry’s.
The Cadiz United Methodist Church will also be holding a Maundy Thursday Service, at 7 pm. Holy Communion, a sacrament that commemorates the Last Supper will be shared. Good Friday services include Tenebrae, or the “Service of Shadows,” to portray the betrayal, crucifixion, and death of Christ. The Easter Morning service will be held at 10:30 am.
Easter is not the only April holiday this week. Beginning Wednesday evening, those of the Jewish Faith will be celebrating the holiday of Passover, which commemorates the flight out of Egypt and slavery by ancient Israelites. The name “Passover” relates to the story in the Old Testament when the Angel of Death passed over the houses of Jews who marked their doors with the blood of a lamb, thereby sparing the lives of the first-born sons within.
The Temple Israel in Paducah will be hosting a Sader Supper on Thursday evening at 6:30 to mark the second night of the holiday. This congregation is the closest to Trigg County and welcomes all to participate, or to learn more about Judaism. Regular services are conducted on the Jewish Sabbath, which is Friday. Services are held at 7:30 pm.
Oak Grove Baptist Church will sponsor an Easter Egg hunt at their facility at 10 am on Saturday, and a 7 am Sunrise Service followed by a potluck breakfast on Sunday. Sunday School will be held at 10 am and services at 11. The musical “Come to the Cross” will be performed during the service. Oak Grove Baptist will not be convening an evening service.