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Easter services draw more than 1000


The Easter Sunday service at Summit Community Church in Hazard featured prayer, song, and even baptisms. Church members reflected on what Easter means to them.

"It's really amazing when you sit and think about it how hard it is to give up a child, and yet he gave up his only son to cleanse all of us," said Nadine Vannarsdall, a church member.

Church officials say more than one thousand people attended the two Sunday services.

"Easter to me means Jesus took my punishment. The sins that I should have payed for, he took them to the cross. That really sits deep within me. His grace and mercy is just awesome," said John Holbrook, the church guitar player.

The pastor, Mark Combs, said Easter is about how people have hope no matter what their circumstance is.

"Jesus is alive, did you get the memo? Jesus crushed death. He beat death. And if he's alive then listen, there's hope. If Jesus is alive then your situation can change," Combs said during the sermon.

"Economically we're struggling here, jobs, financially, drug problems are found. But if we can come together to know that we are broken and no matter what God has given an opportunity to heal us," said church member Kimberly Hillman.

Some church members say today's large crowd shows how the community can join together to help one another.

Some of the offering during the two services went to providing 1000 people in Africa with clean drinking water.

For more information on this church, visit summithazard.com .


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