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Hastings church hosts Easter Eggstravaganza

Published: Apr. 3, 2021 at 8:15 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After being restricted for more than a year, The Well Church in Hastings hosted their annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday and people finally got to get out and celebrate with their families.

Kevin Shoemaker came with his wife and daughter.

“You get tired of being cooped up and stuck in the house,” Shoemaker said. “They go from school to home that’s it, they’re always wearing a mask. Kids enjoy getting out, I enjoy just being outside.”

The Well Church had an Easter egg hunt with more than 5,000 eggs, bounce houses for kids to play on and tons of snacks.

“After the year we just had, we are excited to be able to do this for the community,” Lead Pastor Joe Marino said. “We hope it blesses them to get out of their houses, spend time together as a family and just have a good time.”

The church didn’t get to celebrate last year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We were in lock-down last year about this time and there was a big ice storm that came through that morning,” Marino said.

They actually didn’t get to see much of each other at all unless it was in a virtual setting or small group.

“We made it through it pretty well, few cases here and there but it wasn’t bad,” Marino said.

Even though the church was virtual much of last year. Their congregation actually grew in size.

“Last year this time we had a total of 84 people on a list and now we’re at 124, that’s pretty nuts, that’s pretty miraculous in my mind,” Marino said.

They believe the emotional toll brought on by the pandemic played a role.

“You go ok this isn’t all there is, there’s got to be something else and this is hurtful and this is painful and this is scary, I need good people around me and that’s why I think people started looking for God in that,” Marino said.

The Well Church started in-person services a few months ago. They believe being able to gather has really helped their congregation heal emotionally.

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