Easter 2019: Area residents rise early for annual worship service in Battle Ground

Children enthusiastic at egg hunts held at Esther Short Park in Vancouver and Hathaway Park in Washougal

BATTLE GROUND — Clark County residents and visitors once again visited Battle Ground’s Lewisville Park for the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service Sunday.

Area residents woke up early and braved cold temperatures to attend the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
Area residents woke up early and braved cold temperatures to attend the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz

Eighteen churches combined to host the 2019 version of this annual event, which included hymns, readings from scripture and an Easter message delivered by Pastor Rick Sawczuk of the Battle Ground Foursquare Church.

Other sponsoring churches included:

Battle Ground Baptist — Pastor Shawn Newberry

Battle Ground Pentecostals — Pastor Ray Malanis

Battle Ground United Methodist — Pastor Susan Boegli

Bethel Lutheran Church — Pastor Korey Finstad

Cherry Grove Friends — Pastor Arden Kinser

Church on the Rock — Pastor Brad Wuori

Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal — Pastor Alice Bower

CrossWay Church — Pastor Vos

Hockinson Community Church — Pastor Shaun Hart

Household of Faith Community — Pastor Eric Burd

Landmark Christian Assembly — Pastor Ed Staton

Meadow Glade Seventh Day Adventist — Pastor Rick Bowes, Pastor Jackie James

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church — Pastor Dave Zemke

Sacred Heart Catholic — Fr. Aloysius Ssensamba

Summit View Church

The Link Church — Pastor Jim Gilliam

Easter Egg Hunts

Among the many Easter Egg Hunts held in Clark County this past weekend was a gathering held Saturday at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. The event was hosted by Activate Church and featured 20,000 eggs, face painting, balloon animals, a bouncy slide and photos with the Easter Bunny.

The city of Washougal and the Washougal Eagles 4390 teamed up to host the Washougal Community Easter Egg Hunt and EGGstravaganza on Saturday at Upper Hathaway Park. All children were given a bag of candy, and each egg contained a chance for a prize or grand prize. Grand prizes included items such as bikes and toys. The event also included activities such as carnival games, a petting zoo, herb seed pods that were planted in paper cups that children colored and costumed characters handed out goodies.

Members of a worship team lead attendees in song Sunday at the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
Members of a worship team lead attendees in song Sunday at the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
Pastor Rick Sawczuk of Battle Ground Foursquare Church offered an Easter message at the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service held Sunday at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
Pastor Rick Sawczuk of Battle Ground Foursquare Church offered an Easter message at the annual Easter Sunrise Community Worship Service held Sunday at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
There was no shortage of eggs or hunters at the Easter Egg Hunt held at Hathaway Park in Washougal on Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
There was no shortage of eggs or hunters at the Easter Egg Hunt held at Hathaway Park in Washougal on Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Area children and their parents enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt at Hathaway Park in Washougal on Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Area children and their parents enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt at Hathaway Park in Washougal on Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
There were plenty of reasons to smile for the area children who enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt at Esther Short Park in Vancouver Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
There were plenty of reasons to smile for the area children who enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt at Esther Short Park in Vancouver Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some of the little ones who participated in the Easter Egg Hunt at Esther Short Park in Vancouver Saturday needed a little help from their parents and adults. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some of the little ones who participated in the Easter Egg Hunt at Esther Short Park in Vancouver Saturday needed a little help from their parents and adults. Photo by Mike Schultz
Loretta Hill was dressed appropriately for the Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Loretta Hill was dressed appropriately for the Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Shota Stumpf shows off the fruits of his efforts at the Easter Egg Hunt held Sunday at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Shota Stumpf shows off the fruits of his efforts at the Easter Egg Hunt held Sunday at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
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