The Real Meaning of Easter
On Saturday, April 15,2017, The Bethlehem Center had their first, annual Easter Egg Hunt for the Alton Park Community called “The Thrill of the Hunt”! It was sponsored by The Bethlehem Center, Red Bank United Methodist Church, and the Stonewall Youth Group from RBUMC. The event focused on having fun and sharing the real Easter story. There was something for everyone;story tellers, spoken-word poets, a petting zoo, pony rides and, of course, 3 different Easter egg hunts!
In a post-event conference call our committee evaluated if we met our primary goal of communicating the true meaning of Easter. When it was my turn to give input, I shared that I had witnessed a family with 3 young children arrived late for the event. By the time they got there, the Easter egg hunts were over and there were no more eggs or candy to give out. When the kids heard this, you could immediately see the disappointment on their faces. At that moment, a young boy walked up with a huge bag full of eggs he had collected and quietly said, “You can have my eggs!” The surprised kid’s eyes brightened and said “really?” The young boy answered “sure” as he handed his entire bag over to them!
I believe we met our goal because I saw the real meaning of Easter demonstrated by this young boy when he sacrificed all that he had to someone he didn’t know. That’s what Easter is all about…the Ultimate Sacrifice. It was a good day!
- Mike Mitchell, Bethlehem Center Board Member
Mr. Mike Mitchell
Mr. Mike is a part of the Bethlehem Center Board and has served the longest term as a member. Over the years, he has shown his passion for Alton Park through door to door ministering, working in the community garden, and helping organize work projects for our volunteers.
The Beth is grateful for Mr. Mike's kind heart and the amount of time and resources he has selflessly given to our community.