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49th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Pierce Brothers Westlake Village
March 27, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am
As luminaries in the shape of a cross light the dawn, thousands of residents will gather to celebrate this sacred day. Nearby, in the garden of Gethsemane, shepherds and their dogs will be tending a small flock of sheep as clergy unite participants in worship.
The service, open to all in the community, is sponsored by the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association. Pierce Brothers is located at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village, just north of the 101 Freeway.
As the Easter candles are lit, Dr. Gary Alan Dickey will play “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes. During the service, scripture readings, music, prayers and a beautiful setting along with a flock of Easter sheep will inspire all who attend this moving non-denominational service. The Rev. Craig Beeker will present the Easter message. An offering will be collected and used to assist the Lutheran Social Services Agency of Thousand Oaks for outreach to the needy in the area.
Clergy participating in the service include The Rev. Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, The Rev. Brian Long, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, The Rev. Craig Beeker, New Hope Lutheran Church of Agoura and The Rev. John Burnett, Emeritus, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Westlake Village.
Music will be provided by keyboardist Karleen Van Dyke, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village andsoloist Karenjo Crump, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village.
“It’s remarkable that we have been hosting this uplifting celebration for nearly 50 years,” said Tammy Eacker, general manager at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, a proud Dignity Memorial® provider. “We are proud to have created an event that so many in our community anticipate as an idyllic start to their Easter Sunday.”
The Easter Sunrise Service is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the celebration. For more information and directions, call Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park at (818) 889-0902.