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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter Everyone!

Today is perhaps the most important day that we as Christians celebrate. The reason for that is that it is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. This day, coupled with Christmas are the reasons for the faith that Christians have today. The importance of that day in our lives emphasizes the fact that we choose to spend it with family as much as we possibly can.

Riverlakes Church Bakersfield Easter Service at Bright House Networks Ampitheatre
This year once again we are spending the Easter weekend at my parents house up in Bakersfield, California where both my parents and sister and her husband live. And while we do miss attending our church on Easter Sunday, including the sunrise service that we have most years – it is always fun to go back to the church I grew up in.

Riverlakes Church in Bakersfield (or Fruitvale Community Church as I grew up knowing it), has their Easter celebration service at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre at the Park at River Walk off of Stockdale Highway. It is a relatively large celebration by our standards – 6,000 people that attended the event last year and I would guess a similar number attended this year.

Another exciting thing for me is the opportunity to hear the teaching pastor, Dave Champness preach on Easter Sunday. I have known Dave since I was very young and it is always a joy to hear him speak when we visit my parents.

The service was a great celebration that featured singing by a large group of Kindergartners through 5th grade on stage. Boy, was it warm out in the intense March sunlight -- that's an understatement!

Here are some photos from the celebration:
Riverlakes Church Bakersfield Easter Service at Bright House Networks AmpitheatreA view from the start of the service with the Children getting ready to open up for the Easter service.

A view of the crowd in the grass section at the Riverlakes Church Easter service.A view of the crowd in the grass section at the Riverlakes Church Easter service.

My sister Kimberly and her Husband Dominic on Easter.My sister Kimberly and her Husband Dominic on Easter.

The Riverlakes Church hospitality table after the service.The Riverlakes Church hospitality table after the service.

Riverlakes Easter service crowd exiting after the serviceThe crowd at the end of the service.

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