Hope-ity Hoppity | Easter on the Plateau
Even the restrictions and anxieties of this Covid age will not prevent the message of Easter from being celebrated.
We’re all breathing a sigh of relief that our Covid numbers are dropping, and the vaccines are rolling out, offering even more hope for a return to normalcy.
It’s fitting that this renewed hope comes as spring is blooming across the plateau and Easter, the season of hope, is upon us.
Our communities normally celebrate Easter with a plethora of community and church activities, but this year promises to be a quieter season. Many are following the North Carolina Covid-19 Alert System in discerning when to resume in-person services, but all are hopeful that in-person services will be possible. What is certain is that each will find a way to celebrate this most hopeful and holiest of seasons.
The Easter Bunny will be stopping by for a socially-distanced visit on Saturday, April 3, at The Village Green Commons.
This event is by reservation and space is limited. Sign up for your desired time. Masks are required and a hand sanitizing station will be available. Reservations are limited to 35 children per 30-minute time slot, in an effort to keep the event safe and manageable. The links for reservations are as follows:
10:00-10:30 A.M. eventbrite.com/e/145086360209
10:30-11:00 A.M. eventbrite.com/e/145336741105
11:00-11:30 A.M. eventbrite.com/e/145337122245
11:30 A.M.-Noon eventbrite.com/e/145338189437
A Cashiers Community Easter Sunrise Service is set for 7:00 A.M. Sunday, April 4, at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. Everyone is asked to bring a chair, and an offering will be collected for local Covid-19 relief efforts.
Pastor Randy Lucas confirms that the Highlands United Methodist Church will continue its tradition of adorning the cross in their front yard with flowers. Many families take an annual family photo in front of this cross and it’s a great way to keep family traditions alive.
We asked Pastor Lucas to provide a few thoughts on Easter in these uncertain times.
“With everything we’ve been through over the past year.” he said, “our hearts hunger for the message of Easter. As we embrace and celebrate the timeless and eternal message of Easter, we are grateful for every sign of hope springing up around us. Though we recognize our need to continue practicing behaviors that help us care for one another, we’re all encouraged by the great volunteer efforts of everyone involved with the Highlands Cashiers Vaccine Initiative.”