April 12, 2009
Lay reader Pete Kohler takes last-minute instructions from the Reverend Heather McCain on February 1 at Columbia Hope Church. Kohler grew up attending Grace Episcopal Church in St. Louis before joining Columbia Hope.
Lyn Williams listens as Pastor Heather McCain discusses logistics with Deacon Janet Schisser, right, before a special Palm Sunday service.
Charly Crouch, 7 months, is held by his father, Dennis Crouch, as he chats with fellow congregation member Kathy Batt after services on February 1 at Columbia Hope. Church members have spent many hours and late nights readying the facility, which opened officially on February 8.
Columbia Hope Church's new location on 4603 John Garry Drive in Columbia.
Members of Columbia Hope Church's "Journey Companions" all-female faith-sharing group enjoy coffee, spiritual books and fellowship on Thursday. From left to right: Julia Chang, Chris Vitt, Lisa LoPorto, Shannon Hensley and Amanda Wheeler with her daughter, Meribelle Wheeler. The group was started by Parish Administrator Tamara Oberbeck in October 2008, and met at her house until the new space was ready in early February 2009. Oberbeck said the group rotates leadership, and follows covenants to make sure that no one voice dominates during discussion. "That's how churches grow is through small groups, " Oberbeck said.
April 11, 2009
Volunteer Ana Hagedorn of Stephens College paints a butterfly on 5-year-old Bianna Petty's cheek. Face painting was one of several children's activities at the Easter EGGstravaganza in Douglass Park on Saturday.
Five-year-old Alqueze Jones takes a swing at a piñata at the Easter EGGstravaganza. To the delight of the children around him, Alqueze burst the piñata, spraying candy everywhere.
Kyleigh Proter, 3, pops a piece of bubble gum into her mouth while waiting for the Easter egg hunt to begin.
Five-year-olds Jessie Wang, left, and Guya Moncrief chase down bubbles to pop at the Easter EGGstravaganza at Douglass Park.
Samiya Donnell, right, looks at her two-year-old sister Ashonda Bolden playing a toss game with the help of her aunt, Jayshane Bolden,at the Easter EGGstravaganza.
Six-year-old Rebecca Pan twirls around to make bubbles for other to pop at the Easter EGGstravaganza on April 11 at Douglass Park. The event included activities like sidewalk chalk art, face painting and an Easter egg hunt.
One-year-old Javonte Martin plays with the Easter Bunny at the Easter EGGstravaganza at Douglass Park on Saturday, April 11. The event was free to the public and included various activities for children, including an Easter egg hunt.
Missouri freshman Jamie Mera made her first appearance at the No. 1 singles position against Colorado on Saturday. The Tigers failed to get their win at the No. 1 singles position in Big 12 Conference play this season, as Mera lost in three sets.
Rock Bridge's Aaron Skinner serves during warmups. Skinner and double's partner Blake Buchert defeated Parkway Central's Andrew Zhang and Tony Zhang in two sets, 6-4 and 6-2.
From left, Amanda Huhman and Susie Mehle dressed themselves and their dogs in style for the Zootoo parade in downtown Columbia Saturday. Amanda is one of the principal organizers of the efforts to win the grand prize to redo the Central Missouri Humane Society.
Relaurielle Sisson-White marches with her dogs and other supporter in the Zootoo parade held in the streets of downtown Columbia on Saturday. "I want to help Zootoo collect money," say Sisson-White.
Rock Bridge's Blake Buchert makes a return during doubles play against Parkway Central on Saturday at Bethel Park.
April 10, 2009
Stephen Smith, 5, trades in a shiny Easter egg for a special prize. Jared Culver, one of the MU parks and recreation students helping to coordinate the event, offered him the choice of several prizes, including stuffed animals, signed baseballs and a selection of candy. "I tried to talk him into picking the signed baseball," said Robin Smith, Stephen's mother, "but he really wanted that candy."
Participants line up to trade in their Easter eggs for prizes at the flashlight egg hunt at Stephens Lake Park on Friday.
A child discovers an Easter egg at the flashlight egg hunt.