By LuAnn Schindler

Empty tomb, empty churches

Virtual Easter services become part of 'new norm' for area churches


April 16, 2020

Sharing a message of hope • Pastor Momo Larmena, of HOPE parish, presents Easter services live on Facebook, from Ewing United Methodist-Presbyterian Church.

On a typical Easter, local churches fill with worshipers celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

This year, Easter was anything but typical.

Church doors were shut during Sunday's services, highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on God's houses.

Instead, local pastors offered online services, streaming on smart devices and computers in Summerland-area homes, rejoicing as the stone was rolled away from the front of the tomb and the light of the world reappeared.

Mark Hoffman, pastor of Ewing Full Gospel Church, said it was different not seeing people in church Easter morning.

"It was hard in som...

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