Mary Ellis

The News-Record

The Ottawa County Ministerial Alliance has announced the community-wide Holy Week services.

The ministerial alliance has hosted the Holy Week services for more than 25 years only missing two years.

In 2008, the ministerial alliance replaced the Holy Week services with a concert held at the Coleman Theatre. Proceeds from the concert helped to finance the new building being renovated to house The Harbor.

They were also canceled one other year because the ministers did not realize just how important they were to the community.

"We didn’t realize just how much of a tradition they are to the people of the area until we didn’t have them," said the Rev. Phil Shyers, pastor of the Apostolic Assembly and president of the ministerial alliance. "We definitely heard from some disappointed people that year."

An offering will be collected at each service with the proceeds being used to help with the financing of the ministerial alliance.

Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected and donated to the ministerial alliance’s food bank.

The services will begin at noon April 6 through April 10.

Monday’s service will be at First Assembly of God with Heaven and Earth Hospice’s Chaplain Geoff Buffalo as speaker.

Tuesday’s service will be at All Saints Episcopal Church with Shyers as speaker.

Wednesday’s services will be at First Christian Church with Casey Hollandsworth, pastor of New Life Church, as speaker.

Thursday’s service will be at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carl Kerkemeyer, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, as speaker.

Friday’s service will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Barker, chaplain of Integris Baptist Regional Health Center as speaker.

The services will be followed by a lunch prepared by the host church.

Those who need to get back to work quickly are asked to step to the front of the line, but activities should be completed by 1 p.m.