Trinity Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 208 N. Dolores Road, Cortez. Communion will be served on Maundy Thursday.
On Easter morning, the church will be celebrating our risen Lord with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. and the regular worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 24. Communion will be served at both services. The Rev. Barr Chittick Jr. will officiate all services. An Easter breakfast will be served between the two services, and an egg hunt will follow the 9 a.m. service.
The church welcomes all who wish to attend.
Lifeway Baptist Church
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Lifeway Baptist Church, 601 N. Dolores Road. The church will celebrate with a Sonrise Service at 6:30 a.m., followed by a breakfast and then at 9:45 a.m. the church will have Bible study for all age groups, with a morning service at 10:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Miss Billie at 564-1239.
Mountain View Baptist Church
The church invites everyone to attend Easter services Sunday, April 24, at Mountain View Baptist Church, on the corner of Colorado Highway 184 and County Road 30.5 in Dolores. The church will enjoy an Easter Sunrise Service followed by breakfast at 6:15 a.m. at the church. Sunday School will follow at 10 a.m. The Easter morning service at 11 a.m. will feature the childrens choir singing Alive Forever! followed by a special Easter message.
For more information, call the church office at 882-7521 or Pastor Scott Hartle at 739-4496.
Interdenominational Sunrise Service at Hawkins Preserve
An interdenominational Sunrise Service will be held at the Hawkins Preserve at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 24. The Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church will lead the service, with Co-Pastors Steve and Kim Nofel officiating. Music and programs will be provided.
Participants should dress warmly, wear good walking shoes, and might want to bring a cushion or camp chair. A short walk by trail to the slickrock area is involved to reach the worship site.
The Hawkins Preserve is easily accessed from Seventh Street, Cortez, by going south on Oak Street and turning right on Verde Vu, then left into the parking lot. All are welcome.
Arriola Bible Church
Join Arriola Bible Church as it celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On Friday, April 22 the church will have a Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. that will include worship, looking into Gods Word and celebrating the Lords Supper. On Sunday, April 24, the church will have a Sonrise Service at the home of Sam and Juli Jarrett at 6:20 a.m. Call Arriola Bible Church at 882-4047 for directions to their home. The church will have Sunday School at 10 a.m. that day, followed by a Resurrection Worship Service at 11 a.m. Arriola Bible Church is located 8 miles north of Cortez on U.S. Highway 491.
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
Since Ash Wednesday 40 days ago, there have not been any flowers or greenery decorating the local Catholic Churches. Instead, a large wooden cross stands outside of St. Margaret Mary Church draped in purple, blowing in the wind. This changes on Palm Sunday to a vivid red drape with the parishioners gathering at the park across from the church for a procession with waving palms.
On Wednesday morning, April 20, the hall will be festooned with flowers. Visitors are welcome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose. Thursdays celebration of the Last Supper will be a bilingual service at 7 p.m. April 21. At the end, everyone again processes out of the church, down the street to the Altar of Repose, and the church is completely stripped.
Father Pat Valdez will lead the Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. Good Friday afternoon, April 22. At the 7 p.m. bilingual service Father Pat will carry the wooden cross draped in three red cloths down the middle aisle of the church for veneration.
Holy Saturday morning, April 23, at 10 a.m. begins with the old country tradition of blessing the Easter food of ham, bread and eggs with incense. The Easter Vigil begins at 8 p.m. outside with the new fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. The Baptismal font will be filled with fresh water for Easter. Parishioners are invited to bring containers to take some Easter Water home. There will be several Baptisms. Triumphantly, the choir will ring in Easter with bells.
The Easter morning Mass starts at the usual time of 10:30 April 24. All are welcome to attend this celebration of Christs resurrection.
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church is located at 28 E. Montezuma Avenue in Cortez.
Holy Week Laity Services at 7 a.m. each day
Monday, April 18 Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington St.
Tuesday, April 19 Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St.
Wednesday, April 20 St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 28 E. Montezuma Ave.
Thursday, April 21 First Baptist Church, 100 N. Market St.
Friday, April 22 First Assembly of God Church, 120 S. Linden St.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will present a number of events for Holy Week and Easter Services. Events begin with Holy Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. with Women of the Passion dramatic readings with stations for reflection in the parish hall. On Maundy Thursday, April 21, foot washing and service of the Holy Eucharist will take place at 6:30 p.m. On Good Friday, April 22, there will be an organ meditation at 11:30 a.m. and service, with Stations of the Cross, at noon. Saturday, April 23, the church will observe the Great Vigil of Easter and Holy Eucharist at 8 p.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be one service only of The Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is located at 110 W. North Street, Cortez