By Kim Steele
Harker Heights Herald
Several eagerly anticipated Easter events will take place this weekend in Harker Heights.
The 34th annual Harker Heights Community Easter Sunrise Service will be at 7 a.m. Sunday at the amphitheater in Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing. The sunrise service is a cooperative project sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and assisted by local churches and the city.
"People do look forward to it," said volunteer Bob Dunlap. "They try to attend every year, and the little girls love to show off their Easter dresses. This is something we've had for years in Harker Heights and we always have a good turnout."
Dunlap said the Easter message will be delivered by the Rev. David Starkey, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Harker Heights. Starkey said his message, called "Expecting and the Unexpected," will come from Luke 24:1-12.
Other pastors participating in prayers and Bible readings are the Rev. David Morgan, Trinity Baptist Church; the Rev. Richard O'Rourke, St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church; the Rev. Philemon Brown, Harker Heights Community Church; the Rev. Darrel Phillips, Harker Heights United Methodist Church; and the Rev. Jay Thomas, Harker Heights First Baptist Church.
Dunlap said if the weather is good, he is expecting about 450 worshippers at the sunrise service. In case of rain, it will take place at Trinity Baptist Church, 403 E. Farm-to-Market 2410.
Music will be provided by the Harker Heights United Methodist Church praise team, which is composed by five singers and two guitarists. Praise team leader Lonnie McKinney said songs will include "Up From the Grave He Arose," "Because He Lives" and "The Resurrection Hymn."
"The focus of the service is Easter and the resurrection of Jesus, but we're going to have songs to celebrate that," said McKinney.
Easter breakfast, sponsored and served by the United Methodist Church youth group, will take place after the sunrise service at the Harker Heights Activity Center, 400 Indian Trail. Donations will be accepted for the breakfast, which will include chipped beef on biscuits, apple French toast and casseroles featuring eggs, potatoes and cheese.
"We're expecting about 200 people to show up for breakfast," said Sue Dunlap, a volunteer with the church. "We started out quite small and the breakfast has grown every year. It's such a pleasure to be able to offer it to the community."
The city also scheduled its 17th annual Easter Egg Hunt for 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Park softball fields, located at 1501 E. Farm-to-Market 2410. Children 8 years old and younger are invited to bring baskets or buckets to collect the eggs, which will be scattered in various locations around the fields.
Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator , said prizes will be awarded in three age groups - 3-year-olds and younger, 4- and 5-year-olds, and 6- to 8-year-olds. The city also added a new adaptive area for children with disabilities, said Broemer.
In case of rain, call the city's sportsline at (254) 953-5600 for updated notifications. For more information, go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/parks or call (254) 953-5465.
Harker Heights United Methodist Church is offering several Holy Week events.
A Good Friday Remembrance Service will be at 6 p.m. today at the church and includes scripture readings.
A children's Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Children participating in the event, which is sponsored by the church's youth fellowship, will be grouped by age and have separate egg-hunting grounds based on age.
And an Easter celebration service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church.
Contact Kim Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7567.