CANDY SIDE UP

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March 21, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Churches ready for egg hunt

About 40 volunteers, mostly members of youth groups from First Assembly of God and Fellowship Regional churches, filled 8,000 plastic eggs with factory wrapped candy Wednesday evening.
The eggs will be scattered about Riverside Park’s picnic area for a 2 p.m. Easter Sunday event sponsored by the two churches.
The Easter egg hunt has grown each year, to the point this year the second church, Fellowship Regional, joined as a partner. Games and food booths will be a part of the celebration. Door prizes, donated by community members, will include tricycles, bicycles, an iPod and gift certificates.
Assembly of God pastor Paul Miller noted that in previous years 6,000 eggs were given away. With the growing popularity of the event this year’s was increased to 8,000. Hunts will be divided into age groups.
“The goal of the event is to bless people in Allen County by tangibly demonstrating God’s love,” said Miller, whose church originated the event, open to all comers, several years ago. “Hot-dogs, popcorn, candy, games and prizes all are free to anyone who attends.”
The Rev. Miller also will share a brief message. Pastor Jarred Ellis, of Fellowship Regional, will coordinate music and provide sound equipment.
If weather is contrary, the event will be moved to the Recreation Community Building.

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