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April 2, 2018

2018 Easter services in Louisa...

2018

 

Church pastors of the Louisa Ministerial Assn. invited the community into their churches last week for Holy Week services, an annual tradition in Louisa and Lawrence County.

Services were held each day of the week with different pastors preaching at churches other than their own. The services were held during the lunch hour so that as many people could have the opportunity to attend as possible

Services started at noon each day with prayer, music and a different speaker every day. The services were dismissed each day at 12:30pm for a light lunch and fellowship sponsored by the home church.

'Louisa First Baptist Pastor Chuck Price led off the week's services at Community Fellowship Church.Louisa First Baptist Pastor Chuck Price led off the week's services at Community Fellowship Church.

Rick May of Louisa Community Church spoke @ First United Methodist Church in Tuesday during Week of PrayerRick May of Louisa Community Church spoke @ First United Methodist Church in Tuesday during Week of Prayer

 

Louisa United Methodist Church pastor Dan Smith held the service at St. Jude Catholic Church.Louisa United Methodist Church pastor Dan Smith held the service at St. Jude Catholic Church.

Father Michael Rambler of St. Jude Catholic Church delivered the message Thursday at Louis First baptist.Father Michael Rambler of St. Jude Catholic Church delivered the message Thursday at Louis First baptist.

New Louisa First United Methodist church paster Scot Hoeksema spoke at Friday's service at Louisa United Methodist Church on the hill.New Louisa First United Methodist church paster Scot Hoeksema spoke at Friday's service at Louisa United Methodist Church on the hill.

 

Here is the schedule for the Easter Week Activities:

 

*  Monday - Community Fellowship Church - Pastor, Rick May

 

*  Tuesday - First United Methodist Church - Pastor, Scot Hoeksema

 

*  Wednesday - St. Jude Catholic Church - Father, Michael Rambler

 

*  Thursday - Louisa First Baptist Church - Pastor, Chuck Price

 

*  Friday - Louisa United Methodist Church - Pastor, Dan Smith

 

 (See 'Meet the new pastor' feature on LFUMC pastor Scot Hoeksema on Lazer Lifestyles section today)  

 

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