It’s Easter Sunday, a day when those in the Christian faith celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In Northeast Wisconsin, thousands of people went to church on Sunday morning.
At the Calvary Lutheran Church in Green Bay, the church’s first Easter worship service started bright at early at 6:30 a.m. The other services began at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.
“It’s been a long morning, but a good one,” Pastor Jeff Fricke said.
Pastor Jeff Fricke is new to Green Bay and the Calvary Lutheran Church.
During the services, he got both kids and adults involved in the excitement of Easter.
“It’s getting that sense of the excitement of the resurrection, being able to celebrate and say this is a place that’s fun-loving, people are great, warm, and gentle, tremendously giving, and so it’s a way of lifting everybody up in the work that we do,” Pastor Fricke said.
The church also had larger-than-life butterflies hanging from the ceiling, with a cocoon broken open.
Pastor Fricke said it serves as a metaphor.
“That cocoon was made by one of our folks here, who’s planned it months ago, and wanted to do a way of lifting up visually where the congregation’s at and the emotions of the day,” he said. “But it was that sense of new life begins just when you think you’ve just got a dead, dried-out blob of something, out comes the butterflies and so we put that up to add color, a little bit of imagination and excitement for folks when they walk in the doors.”
Throughout the morning, thousands of people attended the Easter services.
“Thousands of people here on Easter, but I think the biggest part is you plant some seeds, or on Easter it’s planting some Easter eggs, so folks can open those and find different ways of seeing God’s presence in their life,” Pastor Fricke said.