It’s also a day when many families prepare for Easter Sunday by decorating eggs to be placed in Easter baskets.
Valley Community Church (pictured) will get a jump on that activity with a Bunny Hop Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Inklings coffee shop at 530 Main St. This family fun, friendly celebration in the heart of downtown Pleasanton is open to children 10 years and younger.
Lead pastor Heath Hardesty said families should start outside the Museum on Main at 603 Main St., where children will receive a goody bag and adults will receive a list of clues and locations to lead them to goodies throughout downtown at over a dozen participating businesses.
Easter services will be held Sunday at Valley Community Church at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd., will hold an Easter vigil at 6 p.m. tonight, a service that will include communion.
“As ancient Christians did, we will gather together to share the entire faith story of God's love for the world on this Holy Saturday,” said the Rev. Heidi Hester, Trinity Lutheran’s pastor.
She added: “As a new flame is ignited, so too is our faith ignited to burn brightly as baptismal promises are renewed and we share in the victory of Christ over death and the grave.”
An Easter service will be held at the church at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by a brunch at 10:30 and an Easter egg hunt for children on the church lawn at 11 a.m.
Easter services will be held starting today at both 3 and 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Fellowship, 348 N. Canyons Pkwy., Livermore. Campus Pastor Steve Ingold said the church also will have Easter services Sunday at 6:45, 9 and 11 a.m.
Also tonight, Catholics will hold an Easter vigil at 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr.
Masses on Easter Sunday will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. and at noon at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave and at 10:15 a.m. in the Grotto behind the church. At St. Elizabeth Seton, masses will be held at 9 and 11 a.m.