Easter Weekend Filled with Activities

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The first weekend in April will be a busy one for residents of the region, with a number of events and activities in addition to the observation of Easter weekend.

The annual city wide yard sale is being held in Piggott on Saturday, April 4, and the annual Piggott FFA open farm equipment auction will be going on throughout the day at the fairgrounds.

On Saturday a variety of Easter events will also be held, including egg hunts at both the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott and the First Baptist Church in Rector. Additional information on the events may be found elsewhere in this edition.

As they have in the past, the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce is providing lists of participants for the annual city wide yard sale. Copies of the list will be available for pick-up at the chamber office in the depot building during regular business hours today, Wednesday, April 1, and on Thursday, April 2. Due to the Good Friday holiday the office will be closed on Friday, but copies of the list will be available at several locations, including Hog Wild BBQ on East Main Street, Blue Sky Storehouse on the east side of the square, the Treasure Chest on the north side of the square and Lolly's, which is also located on the north side of the square in Piggott.

Saturday evening the organizers of the Piggott Heritage Car Show and Cruise will also be holding a free public screening of "A Face in the Crowd" along North Second Avenue adjacent to the Inn at Piggott. Additional information on the film presentation may also be found elsewhere in this week's edition.

The Piggott First United Methodist Church is holding special Holy Week services, and will be hosting a community sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in the amphitheater of Heritage Park.

Meanwhile, the first ever "Sonrise" community-wide service will be held at 7 Easter morning at the Rector Memorial Park.

Pastors Brad Gilbert of the First General Baptist Church in Rector and Laramie LeQuieu of the Rector First Baptist Church have been working to put together the service they hope will bring the entire community of Rector closer together.

"Easter is a good time to see that even though our beliefs are somewhat different, we are not so different and we can come together to praise God," Gilbert said.

There will be lots of music, including a community-wide choir singing a mixture of older and newer gospel songs, prayer and a short message given by First United Methodist pastor Mace Straubel. After the service breakfast will be hosted at the First General Baptist Church.

"Everyone in the community is encouraged to join us in prayer at the service and to stay for breakfast," Gilbert said. "It doesn't matter if you go to church regularly or not, we want the whole community to come together."

Gilbert said the community of Rector is unlike the areas where he previously lived. He preached in Dallas and Detroit, where he said it seemed the churches competed with one another. "You just don't have that here, which is why a service like this is so important. It gives people a chance to worship together."

The churches also are helping take up donations for the "Food for Kids" program at Rector Elementary. It is an Arkansas Rice Depot program which provides new backpacks and "kid-friendly" ready-to-eat food to participating schools at no cost to the school. The goal of the program is to provide food to children who otherwise would go hungry outside of school, according to ricedepot.org.

Gilbert said no items are turned away, but "the idea is to donate things the children can make for themselves," such as easy mac, ramen noodles, granola bars and microwavable meals.

In the case of bad weather the "Sonrise" service will be held at the First General Baptist Church.

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