East Texas churches and organizations prepare for Easter
POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:43pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Easter is right around the corner, and if you're looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend, we have some suggestions for you. If you don't already have something planned after church, well there are some Easter egg hunts going on around the area. April 19, the annual Breezeter egg hunt will take place at Bergfeld Park.
95.3 and 102.3 The Breeze will host their 6th annual Breezeter egg hunt, raising money for the March of Dimes, an organization aimed to end premature birth.
"It's just going to be a ton of fun," said radio personality Jimmy Olson.
They will have more than 30,000 Easter eggs scattered around Bergfeld Park.The hunt will start around 1:30 p.m. but it starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with a lot of other free family fun activities.
"We're going to have bounce houses out there, face painting, Sports Clips is going to be out there giving massages and we're just going to have a ton of stuff to give away," said Olson.
A lot of churches in the East Texas area will also have Easter egg hunts for the kids after their service. Church on the Move will have more than 10,000 Easter eggs scattered around their church.
"We purchased over 30,000 pieces of candy to go in the eggs, giving away some bikes and digital cameras and a bunch of other prices to give away with the event," said Church on the Move senior pastor Marvin Salcido.
This hunt will start right after their 10 a.m. service.
"It's not about the Easter egg hunt, obviously as far as the church and what we're about, but we're all about loving God and loving people and serving both and because we know kids love Easter egg hunts so that's why we do it," said Pastor Salcido.
First Presbyterian Church is also having an egg extravaganza. They said aside from the egg hunt, kid's know the true meaning of Easter.
"Even with the fun and the party atmosphere, we remind the children that Jesus rose from the dead," said Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Rev. Stuart Baskin.
And if you haven't planned an Easter meal yet, don't worry we have some suggestions for you. Planning an Easter meal can be very stressful. But, there are some places around the area prepared to help.
Traditions restaurant, always makes it a tradition to prepare Easter meals for the people of East Texas. For 15 years now, the restaurant has spiral cut hams, all kinds of sides and a variety of desserts.They open at 10:30 a.m. and will serve until 4 p.m. and say about 1500 hundred people come through. If you don't want to dine in, you can pick up your Easter dinner Saturday and/or Easter morning.
"We work all the hard holidays together, but it's a service to our community we feel to do that," said owner of Traditions restaurant Robert Owens.
If you're still craving that Greenberg turkey from Thanksgiving, you're in luck! They sell turkeys all year, and around Easter, actually about 4 to 500 birds. And don't worry if you're a last minute shopper and you want a Greenberg turkey, they have them at Fresh grocery store.
"As years go by, more people are aware that we have them for Easter. We actually have them year round, but most people don't even know we're open. But, we're here five days a week," said Greenberg manager Tracy Lisner.
Breezeter Easter Egg Hunt: Bergfeld Park April 19th, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Church on the Move: 1101 SSW Loop 323 after their 10 a.m. service COTMTyler.org.
First Presbyterian Church:April 20 at 9:45 a.m. | Front Lawn http://www.fpctyler.org/ Egg Hunt Schedule10:10 toddlers, 2s, and 3s
10:20 4s, 5s, and kindergarten 10:30 1st–5th grades