Most of us are planning a day of celebration and relaxation on Easter Sunday.
We'll attend Easter services at the church of our choice, and enjoy an Easter meal with family and friends. There will be Easter eggs, candy, special treats and a day of enjoyment.
These are splendid time-honored family and community traditions.
Others in the community will be participating in another tradition.
They're taking the celebration one step further. They will be busy helping others.
Volunteers will be preparing meals for area individuals who may be alone for the Easter holiday. They've been doing this for years, and these folks should be recognized for their efforts.
Free community Easter meals will be held at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain and at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.
The Easter Day meal in Iron Mountain will be held in the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
Meals will also be delivered beginning at 10:30 a.m. A limit of six meals per household will be allowed.
In order for the volunteers to know how much to prepare, reservations are required. To place a reservation call 776-5320 before 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.
Volunteers are also needed. To volunteer, call Sheri at 776-5404.
The free community meal at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
The menu will be ham (possibly turkey), potatoes, vegetables, dessert and beverages.
There is no cost for the dinner, but a donation basket is available for those who want to make a contribution toward the meal program.
Meals will be delivered in the Norway-Vulcan area.
For take-out or deliveries, area residents are asked to call the church office at 563-8917 before 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. A message can be left on the answering machine
Those who plan to come to the church and eat do not need to call ahead, organizers said.
The meals program was started last year as a community outreach ministry.
It is funded through donations and an Emerging Ministries Grant from the United Methodist Church.
Grace United Methodist Church is located behind the Jake Menghini Museum and is known as Crossroads, a church facility shared with Bethany Lutheran Church.
By taking on this task, these volunteers and organizations are making a sacrifice. They're demonstrating the true meaning of the Easter holiday.