FORT LEE, Va. -- Chaplain (Maj.) Nathan Witham, Army Logistics University chaplain, will be the featured speaker at Fort Lee’s Easter Sunrise Service April 21, 7-8 a.m., Williams Stadium. The worship event is open to community members and the general public, and all religious denominations are invited.
The theme of the service will be “He Lives.” Music will be provided by a 392nd Army Band brass quintet and the Fort Lee Chapel Choirs. Chaplain (Col.) Terry Romine, garrison and CASCOM chaplain, will welcome guests and offer the Invocation. Other post chaplains will take part in the service by offering a Scripture Reading, A Prayer for Offering, A Pastoral Prayer and Benediction.
Witham said his sermon is titled “Why Jesus?” Noting how individuals, to include members of the Christian community, have a tendency to question their belief in the son of God, he referenced the Apostle Thomas who doubted accounts of the resurrection because he could not see or touch the wounds received by Jesus on the cross.
“It’s a story I have a strong connection with,” Witham said in a phone interview, “and I want to focus on that lapse in faith and offer perspectives that will renew strength and give hope to those who spend the morning with us on this most important holiday of the Christian calendar.”
Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Keifman, this year’s Sunrise Service coordinator, pointed out the later date of this year’s event and said he’s hoping for cooperative weather.
“I know it was pretty brisk outdoors (during last years’ service in March) and our turnout was a little lighter,” Keifman said. “With our later date in April, we would like to have 200 or more people for the Easter Sunrise Service. We hope community members can join us for this time of worship, music and fellowship.”
The Sunrise Service’s designated offering, Keifman said, will go to the Fort Lee Rock Solid Youth Ministry to assist in their programming and others mentoring activities.
Guests are invited to a continental breakfast following services at the event site. This will feature pastries, hot chocolate, coffee, juice and water. The alternate inclement weather location for the Sunrise Service is the Lee Theater, Mahone Avenue.
Williams Stadium is located on the corner of Lee and Mahone avenues. Those visiting from off the installation can access post via the Lee Ave Gate, which opens at 6 a.m. on weekends, or the Sisisky Gate that’s open 24 hours, 7 days a week. All individuals 18 years of age or older must present a valid, state- or government-issued picture identification card to gain access to Fort Lee.
For further details about the Sunrise Service, contact the Fort Lee Religious Support Office at 804-734-6494. Updates also will be posted to www.facebook.com/FortLeeReligiousActivities.