Easter Week was celebrated for the 125th year in a row at the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach this past week, beginning with a “spruce up” of the property by members on April 16, then a Palm Sunday Service on April 17. Pictured during that service is Deborah Rowe of the sacred dance group, which also includes Kelly Sessoms-Newton and Kathy Woods. The sunny yellow forsythia bushes were in full bloom. Hot pink seemed to be the fashion color of the moment for the young ladies. After the weekend rain and the efforts of many volunteers and staff, it looked as if a “green carpet” had been rolled out on Beach 94 Street.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday were also observed with services highlighted by choral selections from various soloists, including Marianne Candelaro, Taj Johnson, Linda Lensu and Sylvia Robinson.
On Easter Sunday, the church pastor, Rev. Joseph Medlin, conducted two services, one to greet the news of Christ’s resurrection on the beach at sunrise, and a later ceremony inside the sanctuary.
A continental breakfast was served, for the benefit of the church youth group, and an Easter egg hunt for the children also took place after the 11 a.m. service. Grateful “alleluias” were expressed by the worshipers.