Troup and Whitehouse each held special community wide events to celebrate the Easter holiday. Troup held an egg hunt at the First United Methodist Church for elementary-age children Saturday, March 31. It was reported that there were over 6,000 eggs for the children to collect.
Of course, in order to collect the eggs there first had to be volunteers to set them out. Many of those volunteers were members of FUMC, but several others came from the community to help. The church also provided hotdogs, chips and drinks following the egg hunt.
On Easter Sunday, April 1, residents of Troup gathered at Tiger Stadium for a sunrise service. The ministerial alliance coordinated the event, according to Wade Harmon, pastor of First United Methodist Church.
One church volunteered to provide a simple breakfast of donuts, pigs-in-blankets, juice and coffee, according to Harmon. A praise band from Martin’s Chapel and a choir from Deliverance Temple provided the music, Harmon reported. The speaker, Tracy Wright, was from the Assembly of God.
“We like to involve as many churches as we can,” Harmon stated.
The service also included a time of prayer and donations were being accepted on behalf of the Mt. Rose Baptist Church congregation whose church building was destroyed by fire on Friday, Feb. 16.
In Whitehouse, a 5K fun run was held Saturday, March 31, and the proceeds of the run benefitted the City of Whitehouse first responders. The overall winner was Solomon Ortiz.
Following the run, a community wide egg hunt took place at the Whitehouse Baseball Complex. Participants were asked to bring two non-perishable food items to go to the Whitehouse Food Pantry.
Two bicycles were also given away and Eli Spouls and Jayna Rush were the recipients. Bounce houses, games and even food vendors were available to complete the day’s fun.