Area churches celebrate Easter

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Area Easter sunrise services, like the one shown here, are being planned this weekend.

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 04:55 PM.

CRESTVIEW — This weekend, North Okaloosa churches will celebrate Easter with several sunrise services.  

"We celebrate the resurrection by getting up early, because that is what Jesus did," said Jerry Nelson, pastor of Live Oak Baptist Church.

Nelson will preach at Crestview's 6:30 a.m. sunrise service on Sunday at Old Spanish Trail Park on Stillwell Boulevard. Doug Compton, pastor of New Life International Worship Center, will direct the music. The service is organized by the Crestview Area Ministerial Association, which comprises several churches.

The Crestview association will collect money to support local needy families. A portion of the proceeds benefits a scholarship for Christian students, Nelson said. 

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church has replaced its regular 5 p.m. vigil Mass March 30 with an 8 p.m. service. Its Sunday services are 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

For Holt and Baker residents, a sunrise service will take place at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Baker School's Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium. It will feature Curt Rainey, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Holt.

The Baker service, organized by the Baker Area Ministerial Association, will feature music from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church members and Darren Williams’ direction.

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