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Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service

See larger Mackenzie Reinert, 3, took advantage of being at the beach to play in the big sandbox. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'

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Mackenzie Reinert, 3, took advantage of being at the beach to play in the big sandbox. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled "The King lives and it isn't Elvis."

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  • Liz and Caroline Keith sing 'He Lives' with the congregation. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Worshippers flock to the beach, shepherded by the MIPD. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • In a tribute to beach renourishment, the strand held all the thousands of worshippers with room to spare. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Alan Sandlin announced Marco's sunrise Easter service was the largest in Florida. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • John Kett was one of the organizers of Marco's first Easter sunrise gatherings. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Helen Ann Federspiel of Marco is well bundled up for the pre-dawn chill. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Marv Hollenbeck provides a keyboard prelude before the service, and the day, begin. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Pastors Timothy Neptune of the First Baptist Church, Thomas McCulley of New Life Community Church of God, and William Lyle of Marco Presbyterian Church lead the singing, a la the Three Tenors. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Mackenzie Reinert, 3, took advantage of being at the beach to play in the big sandbox. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Some, like Paula Dennis, stood back from the crowd by the water for extra tranquility. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Rev. William Lyle of Marco Presbyterian Church delivers the sermon to thousands as the sun rises.  Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Anna Schilling, Ben Sprankle, and Amanda Gomes sing 'He Lives Within My Heart' on the beach behind the Marriott hotel. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'
  • Thousands covered the sand behind the Marriott hotel, and about 40 boats anchored offshore for the ceremony. Marco Island's 22nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, with an Easter message entitled 'The King lives and it isn't Elvis.'

Marco Island's 22nd annual Easter Sunrise Service attracted thousands to the beach Sunday morning, April 4, 2010.

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