The Estherville Area Ministerial Association's Good Friday gospel and blues service at First Presbyterian Church was a great way for people from throughout the community to get together under one roof and share the Good Friday message.
The offering went to the association's Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund which helps people in Emmet County with rent, electricity and water bills.
The wonderful sounds of a Dixieland band opened the service - and how appropriate. New Orleans is the epitome of a mixture of cultures and rituals, so the music itself speaks to an ecumenical service.
Pastors leading the service included Chad Ensz and Kennen Barber-Ensz, First Presbyterian co-pastors; David Bergstrom, Estherville Lutheran; Doug Burton, First Christian; Lynn Elrod, United Methodist; Joel Jorgenson, Grandview Baptist; Chris Lang, Unity Lutheran Ministries; and Paul Wiegman, Trinity Lutheran.
Musicians included Mark Almquist, trumpet; Steve Danielson, tuba; Courtney Davis, trombone; Brett Fuelberth, piano; William Fuelberth, vocal; Marcia Klingbeil, vocal; Brenda Marks, tenor saxophone, Miss Lee Muleka, vocal; and Barb Schacherer, clarinet.
As noted on the service bulletin, area Easter service times are:
n Bethel Lutheran Church, 10:15 a.m.
n Calvary Gospel Assembly, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
n Crossroads Community Church, 9:30 a.m.
n Estherville Lutheran Church, 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
n First Christian Church, 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
n First Presbyterian Church, 10:30 a.m.
n Grandview Baptist Church, 9 a.m.
n Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 8:30 a.m.
n Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
n Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.
n St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 10:30 a.m.
n Trinity Lutheran Church, 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
n United Methodist Church of Armstrong, 9 a.m.
n United Methodist Church, 9:30 a.m.
n Wallingford Lutheran Church, 8:45 a.m.