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Wellington congregation celebrates Resurrection

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    Jesus, portrayed by Tim Flury, a member of the Fellowship Church of Wellington, is greeted by Chris Willis of Wellington during a re-enactment of the resurection during Easter service at the Fellowship Church on Sunday.

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    Nicole Sword, of West Salem, follows along with readings by Pastor Mike Feliciano (not pictured) during Easter service at the Fellowship Church of Wellington on Sunday. Sword was accompanied to Easter service by her father, William Thorn and husband, Dan Sword.

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    Alan Anderson, of Nova worships during Easter service at the Fellowship Church of Wellington on Sunday. Of the Resurrection and celebration of Christ in his Easter message, Pastor Mike Feliciano (not pictured) said, "With Jesus Christ in your life, you walk a path of victory." One of his earliest memories is at the age of 5, watching Billy Graham on the television, and being inspired by his messages.

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WELLINGTON — Fellowship Church Pastor Mike Feliciano celebrated the significance of the Resurrection for Christians during Easter Sunday services.

“It’s the cornerstone of our faith and a priority in the believer’s life,” he said. “(The Resurrection) is for everyone, for everyone to believe in Jesus Christ, no matter who they are or what they’ve done or what their background is.”

After the sermon, there was a re-enactment of the Resurrection, which was the first of its kind for the church. Congregants portrayed Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene for the production, which was supposed to be at Howk Memorial Park but was moved inside due to the weather.

Mary entered the sanctuary first, proclaiming, “My son has risen! Jesus has risen!”

Jesus, who was portrayed by Tim Flury, then walked through the pews and touched people’s hands.

Feliciano said the re-enactment illustrated Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the sins of mankind.

“I think when people can see it and hear it, I think God speaks to their heart, their soul, their mind and they can have a better understanding of the truth,” he said.

Sunday capped Holy Week, during which church members also re-enacted the Crucifixion. That performance in the church Wednesday featured 69 volunteers and was attended by more than 300 people, Feliciano said.

Cathy Anderson, a member of the congregation, said the sermon and re-enactments were a great way to celebrate Holy Week.

“It was awesome. Our minister puts his heart and soul into his sermons, he doesn’t preach at the people, he preaches to them with understanding about the Bible,” she said.

Feliciano came up with the idea of the re-enactments, while church member Darlene Neptune helped provide some of the costumes. Other costumes, sets and props were made by volunteers. The performance was rehearsed only six times since mid-March, the pastor said.

Feliciano said they’d like to make it an Easter tradition. He only hopes there will be better weather next year.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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