Somers Parishioners Celebrate Easter Sunday in New Church

The parishioners of Somers Congregational Church celebrated Easter Sunday in their brand new sanctuary after their old church was destroyed two years ago.

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    ON JANUARY 1, 2012 THE SOMES CONGREGATOINAL CHURCH BURNED TO THE GROUND. FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY PARISHIONERS WERE ABLE TO WORSHIP IN THE NEW SANCTUARY. (Published Sunday, Apr 20, 2014)

    Singing echoed through the trees at the top of Soapstone Mountain as more than 100 parishioners of Somers Congregational Church gathered to watch the sunrise on Easter.
     
    "This is the best sunrise I have seen on Easter on this mountain," said Dave Gavlak.

      For more than 40 years breakfast has been served for this Sunday morning. The tradition started all that time ago by Gavlak.
     
    "I was going to sleep this morning and at 4:55 it was like The Lord threw me out of bed and said,"Get up there!" said Gavlak.
     
    The reason this year meant even more is because of something that happened more than two years ago. On January 1st, 2012, the church burned to the ground. For the first time on Easter Sunday parishioners were able to worship in their new sanctuary.
     
    "It's kind of a resurrection for the church as well as celebrating the resurrection of Christ," said Pastor Barry Cass.
     
    As dozens entered Somers Congregational Church everyone there knew there was a lot to be thankful for and a lot of blessings at their door.
     
    "I'm just going to be thanking God for blessing us. Out of the tragedy we have done good things. We have a wonderful community that has supported us," said Cass.
     
    The church will host an open house on May 10th to celebrate the completion of their meeting house and will hold a dedication the following weekend.