Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
CHEROKEE COUNTY —
As Easter approaches, area churches are marking the holy day with services and activities to celebrate.
In Rusk, an Easter egg hunt is planned from 1-3 p.m. March 16, hosted by Etech RMS at 173 S. Henderson. Two different hunts will be held; one for children under the age of four, and a second for those ages 5-9. Refreshments will be served and the Easter Bunny also will be on hand for photo opportunities. The event offers games, prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 903-683-9791.
A four-day Lenten retreat will be held at 7 p.m. nightly March 17-21 at Jacksonville's Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1023 Corinth. Father Ben Cameron, C.P.M., will lead the retreat, “Following Jesus Christ.” Priests will be on hand for the sacrament of reconciliation. In addition, the church will host a number of different Holy Week events, as well as a Holy Saturday vigil and Easter Sunday services. Visit their website at www.oloschurch.com, or call the church office at 903-586-4538 for more information.
The Arbors Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center will host an egg hunt 1 p.m. March 22 at 1884 Loop 343, Rusk. Two different hunts will be held; one for children under the age of four, and a second for those ages 5-9.
The Rusk First Baptist Church will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza from 2-4 p.m. March 23 at Jim Hogg Park in Rusk. The event is open to children in fifth grade and younger. Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items or toys that will be distributed to those in need. The church's community Holy Week service be-gins at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at the church,
372 E. 4th St. and an 11 a.m. Easter Sunday service.
A Palm Sunday procession and church service at Rusk First United Methodist Church, 255 S. Henderson, begins March 24 at 11 a.m. A Maundy Thursday service will be held 6 p.m. March 28, while on the following day, a Good Friday service begins at noon.
Mr. Bunny will be available for pictures from 9:30-10 a.m. Easter Sunday, with brunch served at 9:45 a.m. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. Easter service at 255 S. Henderson. Call 903-683-4675 to learn more.
This year's Jackson-ville Ministerial Alliance-sponsored Community Holy Week Services begin daily at noon, March 25-28 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1000 S. Jackson.
Lunch will be provided by a different church each day. Different ministers from the community will lead the services, which includes special music.
The ministerial alliance's annual Easter Sunrise Service at Love's Lookout begins at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday.
Participants are en-couraged to bring lawn chairs. The Lykins Fam-ily will provide music, with Rev. Joel McMahon of First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville delivering the Pascual message.
Covenant Church on the Hill will celebrate the season with a COV Kids Easter party March 27 at the church, located in Rusk on U.S. 69 North. The event kicks off at 6:45, with kids ages 3-12 welcome guests.
Attendees are asked to RSVP to 903-683-4509 by March 25. The congregation also will celebrate a special Easter Sunday service at 9:45 a.m., followed by an egg hunt and a 2 p.m. family picnic featuring games and activities for the whole family. To learn more, call 903-683-4509.
A March 29 egg hunt at Rusk's Cherokee Trails Rehab and Healthcare Center – at 330 Bagley Road – begins at 3 p.m. for children ages 13 and under. An Easter Sunday sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Erin Vermillion at 903-683-5438.
The Texas State Railroad Easter Egg Express will depart from the Rusk depot on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and March 30 at 11 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. The event offers a visit with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, live entertainment, games, a duck race, bunny hop races, a hay ride and much more. Food vendors also will be on hand. To learn more, visit www.TexasState-RR.com, or call 903-683-2561.
“One Voice,” A dramatic musical for Easter, will be presented by the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Drama, 7 p.m. Saturday March 30 and 6 p.m. March 31 at the church, 201 Philip Street in Jacksonville.
On Easter Sunday, Rusk's Eastside Baptist Church will hold a 7 a.m. sunrise service at the Texas State Railroad Park, next to the train parking lot. To learn more, contact 903-683-2566.