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Sunrise Service at Great Falls Park

Residents turned out in droes for the Great Falls Ecumenical Council's sunrise Easter service.

The Great Falls Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service was not dampened by the rain. More than a hundred residents from a variety of churches turned out at Great Falls Park to celebrate the holiday. Many attendees brought their best friends - their dogs - to the outdoor service.

This year the service was enlivened by the sounds of the Salem Baptist Church Choir, which got worshipers’ hands clapping in the cold, damp morning.

“I come every year. This place has a lot of meaning for me, a lot of history. It’s a nice way to start off Easter. My church has breakfast afterward. It’s just a nice tradition,” said Great Falls resident Calvin Follin.

Local Boy Scout Troop 55 was on hand to pass out programs and to assist as needed.

The Great Falls Ecumenical Council is made up of churches whose members live in the Great Falls area. The Council serves the community and sponsors a variety of programs throughout the year. The next event for the Great Falls Ecumenical Council is “Pedals for Progress.” Residents are asked to donate used adult bicycles in good working order. The collection point will be the Great Falls Fire Station, on May 1 from 9 a.m.-noon.