Celebrating Easter


Easter Fest at Womans Club

The Payson Womans Club will host its annual Easter Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27. The Womans Club is at 510 W. Main St. The ladies of the club will serve a lunch and have plenty of yummy baked goods on sale. Come for lunch and enjoy a white elephant sale, a silent auction, a cakewalk for the kids and lots of Easter baskets and candy.

For more information, call Carole Fries at (928) 478-6860.

Youths will hunt for 6,000 eggs

Thanks to a donation by Payson Town Councilor Mike Vogel, youngsters participating in the annual Eggs-travaganza will be on the hunt for 6,000 plastic Easter eggs.

The plastic eggs are filled with candy and toys and are just waiting to be hidden by the Easter Bunny — and its helpers from the Payson Main Street Guild — for the annual Eggs-travaganza Festival and Egg Hunt in Green Valley Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3.

“This past year has been especially difficult for everyone and the Payson Main Street Guild was happy to step in and take on the responsibility of this annual event for the town,” said Cindy Kofile, a member of the guild.

Minette Richardson, interim vice president for the guild said, “There will be a lot more to do this year than just hunt for eggs.”

There will be a bounce house for the kids donated by Payson General Rental, egg races, potato sack races, funny face transfers, live music by the Artichoke Sisters and Anything Goes, plus food and drinks.

New this year: an Easter Bonnet contest — to compete contact Minette at (928) 978-1119 — and a cake walk with more than 30 homemade cakes donated by local businesses.

Youngsters can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny by volunteers from the Humane Society of Central Arizona for free.

Many generous sponsors are making it possible for the guild to offer the event. Assistance has been provided by Mike Vogel, 98.5 FM KCMA-LP, CJ’s Excavating, John Wakelin, Joanne Conlin, Gila County Sheriff’s Posse, Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, Granite Plus, Humane Society of Central Arizona, Payson General Rental, Payson’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Rim Country Optimist Club, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Safeway and the Payson Roundup.

More information is available at www.PaysonMainStreet.com or by calling Minette Richardson at (928) 978-1119 or Cindy Kofile at (928) 478-1065. To donate a cake for the cake walk, please contact Jennifer at (928) 978-1749.

Resurrection Celebration

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is once again bringing the Resurrection Celebration to the Rim Country.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 3 at Rumsey Park. As always there will be great music, free food and lots of fun.

The featured entertainment this year is martial arts expert Victor Marx and his All Things Possible ministry with a special karate demonstration.

Music will be provided by musicians and vocalists from area churches, plus the contemporary Christian rock group RU Band and a Christian folk music group CaVu. Other entertainment planned includes dramatic presentations by church youth groups and Mark Henning; clowns; and a pie-eating contest.

Especially for youngsters there will be a bounce house, hayrides in a wagon pulled by an all-terrain vehicle, face painting, a reading of the Easter story and an Easter bonnet making activity.

There will be free hot dogs and burritos, baked goods, popcorn, cotton candy, Sno Cones and Pepsi.

A clothing giveaway is planned and there will be several informational booths representing Creation Science, U-Turn for Christ, The Gideons, Prayer-A-Medics, Skate Park Unfolding, Beyond Limits, New Beginnings, the Time Out Shelter, and possibly the Payson Christian Clinic.

Everything is free thanks to the generosity of the vendors and assistance from the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship.


All Nations Family Church, Cemetery Road, Pine (first property on the left)

A contemporary praise and worship service and puppet show will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 4. Held outside, those attending should dress accordingly. There will also be a post-service meal.

Church of the Holy Nativity

1414 N. Easy St., Payson

The Church of the Holy Nativity, an Anglican Catholic parish, will commemorate the passion of our Lord with Holy Week services starting with Palm Sunday Mass and reading of the Passion, at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 28; Holy Wednesday, March 31 low Mass and Unction, 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, April 1 Mass, meditation and stripping of the altar at 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday, April 2 the Church of the Holy Nativity will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for private devotions and meditations and there will be a Good Friday litany and the Veneration of the Cross at 2 p.m.

Also on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 8 a.m., the parish family of Holy Nativity will join the parish family of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church for Morning Prayer at St. Philip’s Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson

Easter Week is a time to remember the basic tenets of our Christian faith. Starting with Palm Sunday, March 28, there is a liturgical service at 8:30 a.m. and contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. During Holy Week, Mount Cross Lutheran Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. The sanctuary will be open on Good Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who would like to pray and contemplate the passion of Christ. Morning prayers will be spoken at 11 a.m. An ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. All are invited.

Easter Sunday services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., April 4. There will be a brunch served between the two services. The congregation invites members of the community to attend and share in the Easter celebration.

The ongoing study of the scriptures as well as the Back to Basics class will continue, with Back to Basics on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. The Journey through the Scriptures class will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31.

Mountain Bible

302 E. Rancho Road, Payson

Easter services will be held at 7 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with a children’s program at the two later services, Sunday, April 4. There will also be a Spanish service at 12:30 p.m.

Payson First Church of the Nazarene

200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson

The First Church of the Nazarene will offer a drama presentation Living Last Supper, with music at 10 a.m., Palm Sunday, March 28 and at 6:30 p.m., Good Friday, April 2.

The program will show the 12 disciples in a setting much like the way they gathered around Jesus on that legendary night in ancient Israel. Hear each disciple tell his own story of how his life was personally influenced by Jesus. Communion will be served following the presentation. The public is invited to attend this free program.

A nursery will be provided for children under the age of 3.

The Easter Celebration Service is at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 4.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

507 W. Wade Lane, Payson

Holy Week services at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church include:

• Palm Sunday, March 28, 10 a.m. the theme is “Life Doesn’t Always Turn Out the Way You Expect.”

• Maundy Thursday, April 1, 6 p.m., Holy Communion.

• Good Friday, April 2, service at 6 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, April 4, Son Rise Service at 7 a.m. with Holy Communion; pancake breakfast served at 8 a.m.; Easter Resurrection service at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion, followed by a balloon launch. For more information, call the church office (928) 474-5440.

Shepherd of the Pines Satellite Church, Tonto Basin Lutheran Church

441 McLellan Drive, Tonto Basin

An Easter vigil service will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 3.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

1000 N. Easy St., Payson (Corner of Easy St. and Sherwood Dr.)

Easter season services will include:

• Palm Sunday, March 28, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Holy Communion.

• Wednesday, March 31, 9 a.m., a healing service with unction and Holy Communion.

• Maundy Thursday, April 1, Holy Communion and foot washing at 6:30 p.m.

• Good Friday, April 2, litany at noon and Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, April 4, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Holy Communion.

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church

511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson

Special devotions and Masses

• Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 p.m.; Eucharistic adoration, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Good Friday: Rosary and morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Stations of the Cross in Spanish, noon, in English, 5:30 p.m.; liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord, 6 p.m.

• Holy Saturday: Rosary and Morning Prayer, 8 a.m., with blessing of Easter breakfast foods to follow*; Easter vigil Mass welcoming new and returning Catholics, 7 p.m.

• Easter Sunday: Mass, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish Mass).

*The Solemn Blessing of Easter Baskets

St. Philip’s parish will celebrate an ancient European Easter tradition on Holy Saturday immediately after the 8 a.m. prayer service. It is customary to take a basket containing the foods that an individual or family will enjoy on Easter morning for the priest to bless. It may contain ham, cheese, bread, colored eggs, pickled beets, a piece of candy for each child (and young-at-heart adult), a wine for Easter dinner, servings of baked treats, or foods one associates with Easter from one’s own tradition. The idea that the first food one eats on Easter has received a special blessing is one cherished by Slavic and neighboring nations in Europe even today.

To be in future Easter listings, submit material to tmcquerrey@payson.com by 10 a.m., Monday, March 29.


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