2009-04-17 / Community

First Congregational Church Hosts Easter Ceremonies


It may have been the only Easter Sunday service in Rockaway with a dog in attendance! Ten stalwart members of the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach gathered on the sand at Beach 94 Street to celebrate the resurrection of Christ at the moment of sunrise, which occurred at 6:21 a.m. on Sunday, April 12. It was a cold, slightly windy morning, but the sky was clear, so the rising sun silhouetted the warmly dressed group and bathed them in color. The short service was conducted by Pastor Joseph Medlin, and his dog, Grissom, who seemed to enjoy being on the It may have been the only Easter Sunday service in Rockaway with a dog in attendance! Ten stalwart members of the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach gathered on the sand at Beach 94 Street to celebrate the resurrection of Christ at the moment of sunrise, which occurred at 6:21 a.m. on Sunday, April 12. It was a cold, slightly windy morning, but the sky was clear, so the rising sun silhouetted the warmly dressed group and bathed them in color. The short service was conducted by Pastor Joseph Medlin, and his dog, Grissom, who seemed to enjoy being on the At the 11 a.m. service in the church, the altar was filled with flowers, and the choir unveiled their regal new choir robes in garnet red. Afterward, the youngest members of the group enjoyed searching for Easter eggs on the church lawn. Photos by Robert F. Carter and Vivian Rattay Carter. At the 11 a.m. service in the church, the altar was filled with flowers, and the choir unveiled their regal new choir robes in garnet red. Afterward, the youngest members of the group enjoyed searching for Easter eggs on the church lawn. Photos by Robert F. Carter and Vivian Rattay Carter. Following the Easter morning sunrise service on the beach, church members were treated to a real country breakfast, sponsored as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Youth Group. Chef Arnold Christian, with assistance from his wife, Iris, and the members of the youth group, cooked a feast to remember. There were homemade waffles, made-to-order omelets, bacon, fish cakes, grits, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruit salad, and coffee, tea and juice, of course! Members of the youth group are pictured as they serve up the "grub" (L to R): Danielle Ramos, Taj Johnson, Albert Premnanth and Leke Odewunmi). Following the Easter morning sunrise service on the beach, church members were treated to a real country breakfast, sponsored as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Youth Group. Chef Arnold Christian, with assistance from his wife, Iris, and the members of the youth group, cooked a feast to remember. There were homemade waffles, made-to-order omelets, bacon, fish cakes, grits, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruit salad, and coffee, tea and juice, of course! Members of the youth group are pictured as they serve up the "grub" (L to R): Danielle Ramos, Taj Johnson, Albert Premnanth and Leke Odewunmi). During Easter Week, the Potluck Players (a group of volunteer "hams" from the church family) brought the musical comedy "Grease" to life. In lieu of an admission ticket, audience members contributed generously to help fill the shelves of the First Congregational community food pantry. All were treated to a home-cooked pasta lunch while enjoying the singing, dancing, and laughter. The show was spearheaded by church treasurer Jane Floyd, with piano accompaniment by music director, Linda Lensu. A highlight of the show was Pastor Joseph Medlin (far right) as Danny Zuko, backed up by his pals from Rydell High. During Easter Week, the Potluck Players (a group of volunteer "hams" from the church family) brought the musical comedy "Grease" to life. In lieu of an admission ticket, audience members contributed generously to help fill the shelves of the First Congregational community food pantry. All were treated to a home-cooked pasta lunch while enjoying the singing, dancing, and laughter. The show was spearheaded by church treasurer Jane Floyd, with piano accompaniment by music director, Linda Lensu. A highlight of the show was Pastor Joseph Medlin (far right) as Danny Zuko, backed up by his pals from Rydell High.

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