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SETTING CLOCK WILL GET YOU TO CHURCH ON TIME

April 3, 1999

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Wake up: Lawrence clergy issue one last warning to parishioners about Sunday's daylight-saving time.

Trinity Episcopal Church Associate Rector Kelly Demo knows that Easter Sunday services will start an hour earlier, but in recent days she's been haunted by a vision not unlike a student's nightmare of missing the final exam.

"We've plastered the (daylight-saving time) information on everything we've sent out for the past month, and it's very much a concern, especially since it is Easter," Demo said.

"Personally, I'm extremely paranoid I'm going to come to the service late or something," Demo said, as she laughed about the unlikely possibility.

It happens twice every year: Newspapers, radio stations and television networks warn people about springing forward to or falling back from daylight-saving time. Sunday morning, however, there will be some people who show up at church at the usual time, only to find the congregation driving away.

Jeff Lilley, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, said even he has forgotten his own advice to change clocks.

"I myself showed up nice, bright and early for church last year," Lilley said. "I'm always surprised that some people get upset when people are late. It's not that big of a deal; it's just a natural part of the rhythm of life."

Thanks to saturation notices by church staff members in bulletins and announcements, most of the flock will be on time Easter, traditionally the most attended church weekend of the year.

"I don't anticipate that we're going to have much of a problem," said Paul Taylor, an associate pastor at Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship.

Even with the lost hour of sleep, people are generally on time, Taylor said.

"We announced last Sunday that it would be daylight-saving time, and we heard the groans," he said. "I think there will always be the occasional straggler who comes in and is surprised. That's the exception and not the rule."

A sunrise service, sponsored by the Lawrence Association of Evangelical Churches, will start at 6:30 a.m. -- but everybody's internal clocks will still be set to 5:30 a.m. The service, at the future site of the First Church of the Nazarene at 1470 North 1000 Road, will start as the sun comes up.

Some parishioners at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center will be awake extra early during the church's Easter Vigil at 4 a.m. The Mass, which will last until the sun rises about 2 1/2 hours later, will welcome about two dozen new members of the church.

The Rev. Vince Krische said St. Lawrence often accommodates parishioners who forget about the time change because the last Sunday Mass is usually at 10 p.m. There won't be any services that late this Sunday, Krische said.

Easter and the change to daylight-saving time falling on the same day is a relatively new phenomenon. Until 1986, daylight-saving time was the last Sunday in April; it now falls on the first Sunday in April. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Easter and the first day of daylight-saving time were on the same day in 1988, 1994 and 1996.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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