More than chocolate covered eggs, more than baskets chock full of sugar-coated bunnies and jellies. Easter symbolizes something important in the western world. It is the rising of a Savior, and a new beginning. In Florida, in particular, Easter is spectacularly celebrated at sunrise in the warmth of our Florida sun. Below are some of the services planned this Sunday in Punta Gorda including those at our unique spots to celebrate a new dawn: Ponce Park, Laishley Park and the History Park in Punta Gorda.
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. traditional services, and 9:40›a.m. contemporary service, Easter Sunday, Sunday (bring cut flowers from your garden to adorn the Chancel cross). All are welcome. 941-639-0001, info83@ embarqmail.com or www.bspconline.org .
Christian Motorcyclists Association, Son Chaser Chapter 548 at the Bayfront Center, 750 Retta Esplanade (next to Gilchrist Park), Punta Gorda: Easter “Sunrise” Services, 6-8 a.m. (services begin at 6:45 a.m.) Sunday. Public welcome. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided. Paul Pawlicki, 941-457-5330.
Cleveland United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda: Sunrise Service, 6:45 a.m. Sunday at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda. All welcome; bring a chair.
Cleveland United Methodist Church, 28038 Cleveland Ave. (between U.S. 17 and Riverside Drive), east of Punta Gorda: 9:30›a.m. traditional worship, 11 a.m. contemporary worship — both Easter Sunday, Sunday. Theme is “Joy in the Morning” — the hope of all the world — the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All invited. 941-639-2775.
Congregational United Church of Christ, 1201 Aqui Esta Drive, Punta Gorda 10 a.m. service Easter Sunday, Sunday. 941-637-8443.
Deep Creek Community Church at Charlotte High, 1250 Cooper St., Punta Gorda: Easter Service and Eggstravaganza — 9:15 a.m. gates open, 9:30›a.m. family fun on the field, 10›a.m. Easter celebration service, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Easter Eggstravaganza
Eastside Baptist Church, 6220 Golf Course Blvd., east of Punta Gorda: 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service, 9:45›a.m. Sunday School, and 11›a.m. regular service — all Sunday.
History Park, 501 Shreve St., Punta Gorda: 9 a.m. Easter Service Sunday
Knights of Columbus Council 8074, ,at Ponce de Leon Park, 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway (end of West Marion Avenue), Punta Gorda: 7 a.m. Sunrise Mass Easter Sunday, Sunday.. Bring a chair; carpool to reduce the parking overflow. All welcome. Rain site: Sacred Heart Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., Punta Gorda.