> This Easter, on March 23, is the earliest any of us will see -- with the next earliest being March 23, 2228. The last time it was this early was 1913.
Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, based on the lunar calendar which Hebrew people used, which is why it moves around on today's Roman calendar.
Several local churches are holding Passion Week and Easter services and activities:
Sponsored by the Jefferson County Ministerial Association, the free luncheons are held at noon at the First Baptist Church, 85 N.E. A St., Madras.
Wednesday, March 19, noon, speaker Pastor Ron Mulkey, Metolius Friends Community Church.
Thursday, March 20, noon, speaker Pastor Richard Burson, First Baptist Church.
Friday, March 21, noon, speaker Pastor Dr. Walt Chamberlain, Madras Christian Church.
Kids up to grade five are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 22, at the Madras United Methodist Church, 49 N.E. 12th St. There will be crafts, stories, snacks and the egg hunt.
There will be no Elks Lodge Easter Egg Hunt this year, due to people being out of town.
Easter Sunrise Service
The annual Easter Sunrise Service at the top of Round Butte will be held at 6:30 a.m., March 23.
Combining some holiday services, the churches will hold Maundy Thursday service, with Holy communion, at 7 p.m., March 20, at the Lutheran/Episcopal church, 395 S.E. C St.; and hold a Good Friday Service, 7 p.m., March 21, at the United Methodist Church, at 49 N.E. 12th Street. The public is invited.