JOHN DAY – Any good intentions of wearing your “Sunday best” or donning Easter bonnets was cast aside at this year’s Easter Sunrise Service.

Even with heavy, wet snow falling, about 60 determined worshipers – bundled in winter gear and blankets – braved the elements for the April 5 early morning service in the Crisp Heights area, off Airport Road in John Day.

Deacon Bill Gurney from the Eugene/Springfield area presented the message, “Jesus: The Model of Power.”

The John Day Church of Nazarene worship team members, Eric and Jamie Lupien, associate pastor Brad Williamson, and his daughter, Kaitlyn, presented the hymns, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “He Lives.”

Most of those attending also enjoyed a complimentary breakfast afterward at First Christian Church. Donations totaled $85 to benefit the Grant County Food Bank.

The event was organized by the Grant County Ministerial Association.

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