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Crossroads residents wake up to God

By Sara Sneath
April 20, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2014 at 11:21 p.m.

During a sunrise Easter Sunday service, Stella Gutierrez, of Victoria, prays at Son Valley Ranch in Victoria along with others in attendance. "It's awesome," Gutierrez said of the service. "It just brings me so close to nature and to the Lord."

The message at Sunday's sunrise Sportsman's Church service was all about apostle Thomas' need to see the wounds of Jesus before he would believe that Jesus had been resurrected.

Bundled up in fleece and sitting in camouflage camping chairs, attendees received the pastor's message all while witnessing God's creation at Son Valley Ranch.

"It makes me feel closer to God to see his creation," said Cherylnn Dry, the lead pastor's wife.

After the service, Dry invited children to partake in a turkey feather hunt. More than 300 feathers from five or six wild Rio Grande turkeys were tucked away for kids to find. Some of the participants had never seen turkey feathers before, Dry said.

Sunday was the first sunrise Easter service held at Son Valley Ranch, which opened in November. The ranch serves as a place where believers can witness the sun rise while reflecting on how God's son has risen.

"It was wonderful getting to commune with God's creation and God's word," said Stella Gutierrez, 56, of Victoria.

Sunday was Gutierrez's first experience with Son Valley Ranch. She typically attends The One New Man Church, she said.

Roy Thompson, 63, of Victoria, attended the service for the Easter message and the family atmosphere.

"I like the duct tape name tags. They help," Thompson, who attends Crossroads Cowboy Church, said.

Jarame Prentice, 35, of Victoria summed up the service in five words: "Good message and good pancakes."

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