The 57th Easter Sunrise Service was held at 6:30 a.m. on April 17 at the Manatee Public Beach. The event is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. AMI Kiwanis President John Chappie & his crew of Kiwanis volunteers welcomed around 4,500 guests to the service. This is estimated to be one of the biggest gatherings for this event. Sandy Haas-Martens, Secretary of the Club, welcomed the guests and Vocalist Morgan Bryant sung the Prelude “King of Kings” followed by the Invocation given by Father Matthew Grunfeld, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. A member of the AMI Kiwanis Club, Darrel Shinn, Lt. Col., USAF, ret., recited the military prayer.
The opening hymn was “Amazing Grace” (My Chains are Gone) beautifully sung by Morgan Bryant. Scripture reading Isaiah 65:17-25 & John 20:1-18 was by Rev. Edward Moss, Crosspointe Fellowship Church. The sermon was by Rev. Douglas Kings, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The Offering Prayer was by Rev. Stephen King, Harvey Memorial Church.
Hymn: “Easter Halleluiah” was by vocalist Morgan Bryant.
Collection of offertory was done by Kiwanis members & SCF Collegiate Key Club Members.
All donations benefit the Island churches and the Kiwanis AMI SCF Key Club scholarship program.
The service ended just after sunrise with the Benediction by Rev. Dirk Rodgers, Roser Community Church.
Closing Hymn by Vocalist Morgan Bryant “Because He Lives”
Thanks go to all who made this service possible:
Morgan Bryant (Music); Chuck Caudill (Sound System); Crosspointe Fellowship (Program Inserts); AMI Beach Café Facilities; Holmes Beach Public Works Department; Holmes Beach Police Department and The Islander Newspaper
Kiwanis Club Easter Sunrise Committee and SCF Key Club
During May 2022, the Club will continue to meet every Saturday. Starting in June, the Club will meet monthly.
2022 Summer Schedule of Meetings: June 25, July 30, August 27
The Club will resume meetings every week starting September 10, 2022