The Newnan Times-Herald


Churches plan patriotic services, projects

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Jun. 30, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Churches plan patriotic services, projects

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Austin Shelton puts canned soft drinks into a tub of ice at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church’s booth at the Puckett Station Festival in 2016.

America’s birthday is coming up, and area churches are planning services and activities in conjunction with the July 4 holiday.
Zion Hill Baptist Church near Luthersville is planning to hold a Happy Hour event on June 30 at 7 p.m. “The Friday night before fourth of July” was chosen for the gathering, which aims “to kick off the holiday weekend,” member Bridget Hardaway said.
East Newnan Baptist Church is bringing back its Living Flag event. The church staged the patriotic program in 2014 and 2015 but took a hiatus last summer. The flag stage for the presentation will be put in place tomorrow on the front lawn of the church, “if it doesn't rain,” said June Harris, who coordinates publicity for church events.
“My heart hurts for our country,” Harris said. “We need to have this patriotic unity always – and especially during the fourth of July celebration.”
The Living Flag event is set for July 1. There will be a cookout at 6 p.m. with games also planned. Dessert and music from Won By Faith is set for 8 p.m. with the Living Flag presentation from 8:45-9:30 p.m.
“What better way to celebrate than with food, fellowship, patriotic songs and flag waving,” Harris said. “America!”
God and Country services are planned at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City during the July 1-2 weekend. “Appropriate music and readings from our nation’s heritage will be included, along with meaningful scripture,” said David Beecher, the church’s minister of music.
Christ Our Shepherd’s founding pastor John Weber, now retired, will return to conduct the services and preach. Services will be July 1 at 6 p.m. and July 2 at 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m.
Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road usually has two Sunday morning worship service, but members will unite for a single service on July 2 at 10:50 a.m. A patriotic service and communion are planned.
America’s 241st birthday will be on a Tuesday this year, and churches will be part of the annual July 4 celebration in Moreland. For more than 60 years, churches have sold pork barbecue plates on July 4 in Moreland.
Members of Bethlehem Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Moreland and Moreland United Methodist Church will again gather at the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Barbecue Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill on July 3 to start the cooking process.
On July 4, serving at the same location starts officially at 11 a.m. Longtime attendees often form a line starting about 10:30 a.m. Plates will be $9 each.
If there is food left, a quart of stew will be $10, a pound of barbecue will be $10 and a gallon of stew will be $40.
Also on July 4, the Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival will be held starting at 9 a.m. There will be music, an exhibition of local artist Deborah Smith’s work and games for children, including an archery practice booth.
Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak will again have a booth at the festival – selling baked goods, cold soft drinks, plants, cookbooks and Christmas ornaments. The church is raising money to make its building handicapped accessible.
Vendor spaces are still available. Booths, measuring 10 by 10 feet, are $35. The fee is $45 if electricity is required.
Interested vendors may send applications – with name, address, phone number, email address and type of items to be sold – to Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 490, Moreland, GA 30259.
For information on Puckett Station, contact Carol Chancey at 678-492-3161 or or Deborah Smith at 678-850-1868 or