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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2007 4:59 am | Updated: 5:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Events of the Easter season are planned by area congregations. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 1 and culminates with Easter on April 8.

CHANDLER

“Jesus Christ in HD: Deal or No Deal!” is the theme of Easter Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road. Pastor Roger Storms will build on the popular TV show themes to discuss dealing with life and Jesus’ resurrection. (480) 963-3997 or www.chandlercc.org.

The Mathew B. Juan Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual community Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. today at the American Legion Post home, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd. It is free for all community children. Prizes will be given, and refreshments will be served. (480) 804-5249.

The Chancel Choir of Chandler United Methodist Church, 251 W. Chandler Blvd., will present the Easter cantata “No More Night” at its Palm Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with fellowship between services. Easter sunrise services will be 6 a.m. on the site of the church’s future campus on Chandler Heights Road a quarter mile east of Arizona Avenue (near the Pine Lakes subdivision sign). Traditional Easter services will be 9 a.m., with a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m.

GILBERT

Chalice Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ) will hold Easter sunrise services at 6:30 a.m. on the property of its future campus just east of Imagine Charter School, 14919 S. Gilbert Road. Baptisms are planned. At 7:30 a.m., breakfast will be served in the all-purpose room of the school, where the congregation temporarily meets. An Easter egg hunt will take place. At 9 a.m. in that room, Easter worship will be led by the Rev. Linda Miller. A blessing and dedication of children are planned during worship. (480) 227-1442.

GOLD CANYON

A Resurrection Easter Egg Hunt will be 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. Any community children, ages preschool to sixth grade, may take part free. (480) 982-3776.

MESA

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 6747 E. Broadway Road, will host an Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6 a.m. Included will be music, a release of white doves, an Easter sermon and a free continental breakfast in the Hospitality Center. (480) 830-4422.

Celebration Christian Center, 1010 S. Ellsworth Road, will host an Easter musical, “Victorious,” presented by Theatrical Ministries at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. April 7 and 8. Free. (480) 986-3149 or www.celebrationchristiancenter.com.

Saving Grace Lutheran Church, which meets at Queen Creek Middle School, 20435 S. Ellsworth Road, will hold its community Easter egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. Easter Sunday at the school. Children age 12 and younger may take part. Free. Sunrise services will be 6 a.m. at the church’s future home, 24414 S. Ellsworth Road. Traditional services will be 8 a.m. at the school, followed by a free Easter brunch at 9 a.m. Contemporary services will be 10 a.m. (480) 988-5379.

PEORIA

“Easter Gala,” featuring nationally known musicians and religious artists, will be 11 a.m. Easter Sunday at New Hope Covenant Church, 8217 W. Country Gables Drive. The Music Serving the Word Ministries, founded by jazz pianist and composer Bob Ravenscroft, will perform. The Sanctuary Jazz and the jazz quartet Seeds will be joined by singer Charles Johnson and pianist Dale Niehaus, plus drama by actor Jay Hornbacher and modern-day poetry and psalms by Jon Elvrum and Inner Journeys. (623) 412-2234.

PHOENIX

Oasis Community Church, 15014 N. 56th St., will sponsor Easter EGGstravaganza 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at Desert Horizon Park on 56th Street just north of Greenway Road. Besides an Easter egg hunt, there will be bounce houses, game booths, prizes, candy and lunch. Free. (602) 494-9557 or www.oasischurchonline.com.

The Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church will present an Easter program, “Bow the Knee: A Journey of Faith to Calvary,” at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 7 at its church, 6801 N. 43rd Ave. The Glendale Sanctuary Choir, Kids Choir and orchestra will perform. Free. (623) 934-3295 or www.glendale.netadventist.org.

The 13th annual New Life Celebration, a free outdoor festival and Easter egg hunt, will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at First Christian Church of Phoenix, 6750 N. Seventh Ave. Free bunny ears to the first 200 participants in a bunny hop. There will be Easter egg hunts every 15 minutes, a children’s train, swing rides and pony rides. Free, but participants are asked to bring canned food items for the Desert Mission Food Bank. (602) 246-9206.

Holy Week events at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th St., include Palm Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. April 1, Good Friday services at 7 p.m. April 6, and Easter Sunday services at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (480) 945-9537.

Palm Sunday services will be 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4930 E. Greenway Road. Maundy Thursday services, with communion, will be 7 p.m. April 5; Good Friday services at 7 p.m. April 6; and Easter Sunday worship at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. with youth serving breakfast 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (602) 971-7979.

The 36th annual United Methodist Easter Sonrise Service, sponsored by the Valley’s United Methodist singles groups, will be 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Easter Sunday at Steele Indian School Park, Central Avenue and Indian School Road. Entry is at Farrington Lane. The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank of Cross Roads United Methodist Church will preach, with two other Methodist pastors assisting. A multichurch praise band will play. Max McQueen, Cross Roads’ singles pastor, is coordinating it. (602) 944-1524.

QUEEN CREEK

Saving Grace Lutheran Church, which meets at Queen Creek Middle School, 20435 S. Ellsworth Road, will hold its community Easter egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. Easter Sunday at the school. Children age 12 and younger may take part. Free. Sunrise services will be 6 a.m. at the church’s future home, 24414 S. Ellsworth Road. Traditional services will be 8 a.m. at the school, followed by a free Easter brunch at 9 a.m. Contemporary services will be 10 a.m. (480) 988-5379.

Easter Sunday worship will be 10:30 a.m. at Gospel Light Baptist Church, 26319 S. Power Road. (480) 988-5412.

The 10th annual Easter Eggcitement at Schnepf Farms, 22601 E. Cloud Road, will be April 6 and 7. Egg hunts for candy and toys are offered 11 a.m. each day, along with photos with the Easter bunny, train rides, carousel, baby farm animals and more. Cost is $25 per child, with parents or grandparents free. Reservation required. (480) 987-3100 or www.schnepffarms.com.

SCOTTSDALE

The “Scottsdale Passion Play” will be presented 7 p.m. April 5-7 at First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 5230 N. Scottsdale Road. It will use drama, music, dance, lighting and special effects. Free. (480) 949-0901 or www. fsbcs.org.

More than 8,000 eggs will be hidden for a free Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Scottsdale Family Church, 9400 E. Mountain View Road. Children preschool age to fifth grade may participate. There will be the Easter bunny, inflatables, a mechanical bull, rock-climbing wall, live music and food. (480) 614-0001 or www.sfcaz.org.

More than 8,000 eggs will be hidden for a free Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Scottsdale Family Church, 9400 E. Mountain View Road. Children preschool age to fifth grade may participate. There will be the Easter bunny, inflatables, a mechanical bull, rock-climbing wall, live music and food. (480) 614-0001 or www.sfcaz.org.

An Easter egg hunt will be 10 a.m. April 7 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3110 N. Hayden Road. Children age 10 and younger may take part. (480) 994-4848.

Living art dramatizations for the Easter season will be today and April 8 at Scottsdale First Assembly Dream Center, 28700 N. Pima Road. Pastor David Friend and his wife, Sharon, will present it. At the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services on Palm Sunday, popular Rembrandt paintings will tell the “Miracle of the Cross” drama, including a re-enactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. At the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services April 8, it will be the “Easter Sunday Message,” featuring a full choir, band and visual presentation. (480) 367-8182 or www.scottsdalefirst.com.

TEMPE

The Rev. John Cunningham will narrate the “Passion According to Luke” from memory at all the Masses of Palm Sunday at the All Saints Newman Center, 230 E. University Drive. His “interpretation through movement,” accompanied by Step Raptis and Lisa Chow from Desert Dance Theater, will be presented 5 p.m. March 31 with Masses at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on April 1. (480) 967-7823.

A performance of “The Living Last Supper” by Vern Gibson and directed by Belinda Olbert will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Tempe Nazarene Church, 3929 S. Rural Road. The famous 1494 painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci will be portrayed, using a program produced more than 15 years ago and used around the U.S. Each character tells how he came to walk with Christ and how each “died a martyr’s death.” Attendance is free and doors open at 5 p.m. (480) 838-2887.

Palm Sunday services with communion will be 10 a.m. Sunday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1337 W. 11th St. Maundy Thursday worship will be 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday. Good Friday services will be 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Easter sunrise services will be 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. and Easter Festival worship services with communion at 10 a.m. (480) 967-2660.

Palm Sunday, with a procession of palms into the sanctuary, will be 9:30 a.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive. A 30-minute Holy Week morning prayer service with a layman’s homily daily will be 7 a.m. Monday through Friday in the sanctuary, with a continental breakfast afterward each day. Maundy Thursday and agape meal, with communion will be 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. An Easter Vigil, with worshippers moving around stations on the campus, ending with a service of communion in the sanctuary, will be 7:30 p.m. April 7. Easter Sunday worship with communion will be 9:30 a.m. (480) 966-6267.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1035 E. Guadalupe Road, will have Palm Sunday services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m., all beginning outside the church building. Maundy Thursday worship will be 7 p.m., using the “Beatitudes of Promise” theme, with a focus on “The Promise of Sonship.” A Tenebrae “service of darkness” will be 7 p.m. Friday on the theme of “Righteousness Persecuted.” A 6 a.m. sunrise service will be in the Garden of Gethsemane memorial garden. Festival worship with communion will be 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. in the church’s community center. (480) 839-0906.

Theodore Dubois’ “The Seven Last Words of Christ” and Franz Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G Major” will be performed by the Dayspring Chorale, soloists and an orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Road. “Last Words,” composed in 1867 in Paris in eight movements, focuses on what the four Gospels say were Christ’s final words. An offering will be taken, and child care is available. (480) 838-1446.

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2222 S. Price Road, will have four Palm Sunday weekend services: Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. today, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, and Spanish Eucharist at noon. During Holy Week, there will be Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Wednesday, a liturgy of Maundy Thursday and Foot Washing at 7 p.m. Thursday; Liturgy of Good Friday and Haydn’s Seven Last Words with Quartet Sabaku at noon Friday; liturgy of Good Friday with Adoration of the Cross at 7 p.m. Friday; The Great Vigil of Easter, 8 p.m. April 7; and Holy Eucharist of Easter at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. April 8. For more information, call (480) 968-4111.

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