Momentum Church holds first-ever sunrise service in Crown Point
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent April 20, 2014 9:50PM
Sonya Odegaard ready to welcome guests and hand out information about Momentum Church and their launch.| Shane Cleminson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2014 6:09AM
CROWN POINT — The morning air was crisp, the music upbeat and Pastor Charlie Arms’ sermon focused on the benefits of Easter during a sunrise service Sunday on one of the holiest days for Christians.
“Easter changed everything,” Arms told those attending the 7 a.m. outdoor service at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
He told how a dozen men — tax collectors and poor fishermen — and more importantly, the man that they followed — changed the world.
“Today, more than one-third of the people in the world are Christian,” he said.
The sunrise service was the first worship service, and the first event of any kind, held in Northwest Indiana by Arms and his new Momentum Church. Like all his future services will do, it featured musical guests, most of whom are Christian bands.
Arms said he moved to Northwest Indiana from Florida with his wife and two teenage children a few months ago and will start holding regular worship services at the Southlake YMCA in Crown Point in September. Until then, he will be having once a month worship events at the fairgrounds and the YMCA and will launch monthly team gatherings.
Olivia and Scott Mitchell, of Hammond, were among those attending Sunday’s service.
“We’ve never done a sunrise service before. We wanted to explore it,” Olivia Mitchell said.
“We wanted to do something different,” said Scott Mitchell, who said they attend church in Hammond. “There’s no need to fight over religions.”
Michelle Zerkel, Debbie Oborn, Diane Hawkins and Jennifer Mullen are friends who regularly walk together in the fairgrounds. On Sunday, the Crown Point women attended church there together.
“We thought we’d support something new,” Zerkel said.
Laurie Janosek, of Valparaiso, said she first met Arms at a church near Goshen about 11 years ago.
“I went to that church. When a friend told me that Pastor Arms moved to this area, I was very excited. They’re awesome, great people. I never felt as comfortable in church as I do here,” said Janosek, who attended with her 3-year-old daughter Isabella Janosek.
The church served breakfast in the adjacent 4-H building following the service and the children were invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt.