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Toledoans celebrate Easter with acts of service

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

People all across Toledo celebrated Easter Sunday with worship services and acts of service.

An Easter Sunday tradition continued today At Christ the King Catholic Church in west Toledo.

Members of the parish prepared a free ham dinner for 200 people.

The church invited folks who are in financial need or may not have family or friends to celebrate the holiday.

Flowers and Easter baskets were also handed out.

"We feel like this is the work of God and this is part of what we do, making sure that everyone is attended to and people don't feel alone on the holiday," said Amy Gorham or Christ the King.

The church provides a similar dinner on Thanksgiving.

Across town, a service and lunch was put on by the Cherry Street Mission.

The president and c-e-o of the shelter says no matter what your religion, there's one message he hopes people can take away from the holiday.

"The number one message we want people to walk away with today is that hope always is new every single morning and today's a great day to celebrate that hope," said Dan Rogers, President of the Cherry Street Mission.

The event was open to the public and took place at the Madison food service facility.

In south Toledo music echoed through the halls of the Stranahan Theater.

The performance was part of an Easter service.

Leaders at the Church of the Cross, just about a mile away on Cass road, decided they needed to take their service to the next level.

"There are many Christians who aren't actively involved in the life of a church and we were really just trying to provide a place where people could come and really celebrate the excitement and the joy of Easter in an awesome setting," said Rev. Steve Judson, the lead pastor at the Church of the Cross.

The pastor estimates that as many as 600 people took part in the service today.

The usual attendance for the church is about 250 people.

The pastor was pretty happy with the way things turned out.

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