By CHRIS AGEE
Mineral Wells is gearing up for the upcoming Easter weekend with services and celebration events throughout the week.
Area churches are preparing Holy Week services each weekday, culminating with an Easter Sunrise Service at Clark Gardens.
Mission Mineral Wells is also planning an Easter celebration, which spokesperson Rose Jordan said was designed to host residents in the southeast part of town.
Mineral Wells police have been focused on those neighborhoods as part of the community revitalization program known as "Project 365." Authorities have partnered with local groups, including Mission Mineral Wells, to aid in outreach to the statistically high-crime area.
Jordan said dozens of volunteers walked throughout the neighborhoods last week, delivering gift bags and invitations to the neighborhood Easter celebration.
"We'll be at the junior high on the grounds and we're going to have hot dogs and drinks," she said.
In addition to the Easter event, volunteers have also gathered in the area to clean up trash and general neighborhood blight.
"Our desire is to show the love of Christ by helping residents make their homes a better place to live as well as helping them to meet the new city code requirements," Jordan said, referring to a minimum housing code recently adopted by Mineral Wells City Council.
Individuals from area churches gathered Saturday in the Project 365 area to take part in the clean-up.
Community-wide Easter services will be held at a different church each day and each service begins at noon. Services are scheduled as follows:
• Monday – First Christian Church, 302 N.W. 6th St.
• Tuesday – First Baptist Church, 100 S.W. 4th Ave.
• Wednesday – Calvary Baptist Church, 708 S.E. 5th St.
• Thursday – First United Methodist Church, 301 N.E. 1st St.
• Friday – First Presbyterian Church, 300 N.W. 4th Ave.
The sunrise service at Clark Gardens is set to commence rain or shine, and gates open at 6:30 a.m.
Service will begin at 7 a.m. with coffee and donuts available.