On Easter Sunday in 2009, a couple started a church in York City and became pastors to 25 people.
On this Easter Sunday, Eugene and Freda Brown will observe the fifth anniversary of their True Bread Community Church, which now has more than 125 members.
"We've come a long way," Eugene Brown said. "We started at the West Princess Street Center and now we're in our own (building)."
True Bread is located at 260 Lafayette St., the former Yankee Athletic Association site in the city.
Seven sermons: The church has a weekend of Easter activities planned, starting with its "7 Young Trumpets from the Cross" service at 7 p.m. on Good Friday.
The event features seven ministers from True Bread and other local churches of different denominations, Eugene Brown said.
They each will do brief sermons about the seven last sayings of Jesus as he was dying on a cross for the world's sins, the pastor said.
Brown, 54, of York City, said he hopes attendees will take time to reflect on and be thankful for Christ's sacrifice after hearing the ministers' sermons.
"We're hearing from these ministers because our young people also have a voice when it comes to reflecting on the reason for Easter," he said.
Musical: True Bread will hold "A Night of Worship" musical at 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring gospel recording artists Kenyon Portee & Enemy's Most Wanted and Jalena Jenkins, all of Harrisburg.
The musical includes selections by worship groups from around York County, Brown said.
"We're coming together to fellowship as a community to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ," the pastor said.
Easter Sunday: True Bread will continue the resurrection celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, when Freda Brown will deliver the main message and its children's church will do a special Easter presentation. The children's ages range from 1 to 8, Eugene Brown said.
"They have been taught to understand what Easter is really about," he said. "For years, we've heard people talk about the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and jelly beans, but we want our children to know what Jesus Christ did for us."
The church expects a large number of visitors, as holiday services include people visiting their families and people who come to church for special occasions, the pastor said.
"Everybody comes out on Easter," he said. "Some come for worship, some for fellowship, some to spectate or because it's their tradition," he added. "Let them come. They can get involved in worship and hear the word."
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