The Easter sunrise service on March 23 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was greeted by rain, so the early arrivals held the service in the church foyer facing the east. More than 50 attended the Easter breakfast.
Pastor Lonnie Burbank had the help of Aaron Burbank and Dan Hayes for the morning worship service. Glenda Bush sang her solo, "To Ever Live Without Me," with taped accompaniment before she took the children for their Easter lesson and activities.
Among those attending was Helen Hayes, with parents Dan and Grace Hayes.
The church sanctuary and window were decorated with artificial white Easter lily blossoms. Sprays of the lilies were arranged on the piano and organ.
A beautiful arrangement of mixed flowers was centered on the communion table beneath the cross. A large bouquet of mixed flowers on the table in the foyer was from "Nonie" Burbank's memorial service, March 10 in Dayton.
A special Easter solo, "Lamb of God," was sung by Stacy Wiedenmann, accompanied by pianist Pam Burbank.
The pastor noted that Dr. Vermillion would be here to hold local council on April 27. He will have the 10 a.m. message and hold the council meeting at 12:30 p.m. There will be a potluck dinner for all that day at 11:15 a.m.
My sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth, and I enjoyed an Easter Sunday dinner with her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger, in Buena Vista. Larry takes us to and from church.
Other guests were Mary's mother, Geraldine "Geri" Niccoli, who lives near them; Larry and Mary's daughter, Julie, Chris Austin and their children, Paige and Emma, of Sherwood; Mary's sister and husband, Doni and Dennis Wolfe of Salem, and their grandsons, Joe and Aaron Fouts of La Pine, who were on spring break.
The boys and their mother, Nicki King, had spent Saturday with great-grandmother Geri washing windows, cleaning and helping Mary mow the lawn. The boys also got to hide the Easter eggs for Paige and Emma in the house, as it kept raining.