For the second year, Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church held a community Easter Sunday service at Tamp and Grind in downtown Alexandria. Due to the threat of thunderstorms, the service was held inside the coffee shop. More than 60 people were in attendance.
Easter worship is one of four community services held “outside of the walls” of Horseshoe Drive UMC, each year. “Now, more than ever, we realize at Horseshoe Drive UMC that the community is the church and the church is the community,” said Rev. Tracy L. MacKenzie, pastor of Horseshoe Drive UMC.
An important part of the service was the music provided by the church’s rock band, SoulRide. SoulRide
was formed by Danny Smith, a lay leader in the church, several years ago to perform for participants in the annual Weekend of the Cross, a United Methodist ministry which provides mission opportunities for volunteers. Performing in the band this year were Johnny Allen on drums; Darrell Green, bass; Danny Smith and Cher Couvillion Wilson, vocalists; and Joey Wilson, playing mandolin and guitar.
Photographs courtesy of Melinda Martinez of the Alexandria Town Talk
"An integral part of the morning is made possible through the hosting of the event by Jeff Phillips, the owner of Tamp and Grind,” added Rev. MacKenzie.
Said one person in attendance, “Jesus and coffee--- what a great combination on Easter morning!”