Last Supper to be presented by Connellsville church
The Connellsville Church of God will present its interpertations of The Last Supper scene and the Last Mile Jesus Walked on Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. The drama follows Jesus and his disciples during the last hours of Jesus' life on Earth. Those portraying the disciples, soldiers, Jesus, Mary Magdelene, Mary the Mother of Jesus and Martha are (in no particular order): Jim Cossel, Jim Martin, Tim Stauffer, Dale Whipkey, Jason Urbach, Don Clark, Denis McMeekin, Pat Provlic, Pastor Nelson Confer, David Hunker, Harold Williams, Jim Crider, Effie Clark, Bill Shipley, Martha Martin, Ron Porter and Darla Morris.
Photo by Lori Padilla | For the Daily Courier
The Church of God in Connellsville will present the Last Supper at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“Last year we held it on Sunday morning and the church was packed. We then had comments throughout the year to hold it in the evening so that those who attend church Sunday mornings elsewhere can come see this program,” said the Rev. Nelson D. Confer, church pastor.
“We've added a scene this year. After the Last Supper we will present the Crucifixion. We would like to add a new scene each year,” Confer said.
The new scene will be of the last mile that Jesus walked to the Crucifixion site. The choir will sing special music, and there will be individual solos.
“We've involved the whole church this year. It is the Church of God putting this presentation on for the entire community,” Confer said.
Church members are involved in every aspect. “The gentleman who is building the set for Jesus on the cross is really putting a lot of time and effort in. He is an engineer and is creating an incredible backdrop. He has it perfectly planned. I can't wait to see it,” Confer said.
When it was announced that the church would be presenting the program again this year, all the men who had been disciples last year stepped up again, with the exception of two, one who had moved away. Another disciple has taken on a different role for the production.
Jesus will be played by Jeremy Stansak, and the narrator will be Bonnie Confer. The music director is Jana Sperandio and the director of the program is Renee Urbach.
Confer welcomes everyone to see this uplifting Last Supper presentation, adding that when the mother of Jesus speaks to him on the cross, those present may be moved to tears. “We have not gotten through rehearsal without everyone crying,” Confer said.
Confer said those who don't have a church of their own are invited to the Sunday morning services on Easter. Early service is at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast served by the Men Of Faith of the church followed by the regular worship service at 10:45 a.m.
The church is located at 126 Breakneck Ave.. A free will offering will be collected.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.
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