Egg Scram­ble!

Church’s re­ju­ve­nated Easter egg hunt draws more than 100

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen­nifer Connor jcon­nor@jour­nalregis­

Just blink an eye and you would’ve missed the Easter egg hunt fes­tiv­i­ties at Ad­vent Lutheran Church h in Har­leysville March 30. Within 15 min­utes, three rounds of kids ages 1 through 11 col­lected more than 1,500 eggs. The eggs for the open com­mu­nity Easter egg hunt were stocked with candy pro­vided by the con­gre­ga­tion.

“Af­ter go­ing through the win­ter, it’s great that the sun is out to­day,” the Rev. Steve God­sall-My­ers said. “To­day’s turnout is great.”

Three years ago, two young ladies — Amy Shol­len­berger, of Har­leysville, and Jes­sica Brown, of Beth­le­hem — who have been mem­bers of Ad­vent Lutheran Church since they were chil­dren, brought back the Easter egg hunt that dis­ap­peared from the church’s cal­en­dar.

The first year, about 40 kids turned out; this year, more than 100 par­tic­i­pated.

The Easter egg hunt kicked off a week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties for many, in­clud­ing Kristi Bel­tran and her fam­ily. Bel­tran and her hus­band, Jose, brought their daugh­ter, Elsa, 5, and son Mar­cus, 1, to Ad­vent’s egg hunt March 30.

Bel­tran also seemed re­lieved that Easter some­what sym­bol­izes the end of win­ter. She said her fam­ily has an Easter egg hunt Easter morn­ing and also one with the neigh­bors later in the day.

“We all get so busy at the end of win­ter and spend a lot of time in­doors that it’s nice to catch up with ev­ery­one,” Bel­tran said.

Her par­ents are mem­bers of the church, but the Bel­trans also at­tend of­ten. The fam­ily planned on head­ing to church Easter morn­ing and then en­joy­ing a big brunch with the grand­par­ents.

Bel­tran re­mem­bered an Ital­ian sweet bread her fam­ily of­ten en­joyed on Easter grow­ing up. She de­scribed it as a sweet dough twisted around a hard-boiled egg. Be­sides this spe­cial treat, her fam­ily en­joys a tra­di­tional ham.

Of course, at the cen­ter of Pas­tor Steve’s mis­sion for his con­gre­ga­tion are the tra­di­tions of wor­ship. He planned to lead a sun­rise ser­vice at 6:30 a.m. then more ex­trav­a­gant ser­vices at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

At the 6:30 a.m. ser­vice he said they would en­ter the church in dark­ness with a lit can­dle sym­bol­iz­ing the light of Christ and cel­e­brate his res­ur­rec­tion.

Af­ter the busy morn­ing, Pas­tor Steve planned to head to his son’s house — who is also a pas­tor — for a laid-back, buf­fet-style din­ner.

“We will end the hol­i­day with a rest­ful din­ner en­joy­ing the com­pany of our fam­ily,” God­sall-My­ers said.

Above, Lucy Hol­loway, 1, and chil­dren ages 1 to 3 col­lect eggs dur­ing an Easter egg hunt at Ad­vent Lutheran Church March 30.

Left, chil­dren race for eggs dur­ing the hunt.

Be­low, chil­dren check out their Easter egg boun­ties.

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