Jehovah’s Witnesses are launching their annual convention series at the Georgia International Conference Center (GICC) in College Park today.
Nearly 6,000 attendees are expected each day. The three-day program consists of 54 presentations that will include talks, audio dramas, interviews and short videos.
Additionally, a feature film, “The Story of Jonah - A Lesson in Courage and Mercy,” will be shown on the final day of the convention program. Each day, the morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by music videos prepared specifically for the convention.
“When you look at the news today, you can clearly see that people of all ages are dealing with more anxieties and fears than ever before,” said Ira Turner, a spokesman for the convention program. “It takes courage to face these pressures.”
Prior to each event, Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world participate in a global campaign to invite the general public to attend the program free of charge.
The three-day conventions will be held June 8-10, June 29 - July 1, July 6-8, July 13-15, August 24-26 and August 31-Sept. 2. Sessions begin at 9:20 a.m. on all three days of the convention. Admission is free and no collections are taken.
Turner said the meetings offer an opportunity to “benefit from the practical advice that is contained in the Bible.”
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The youth choir of First United Methodist Church of Newnan will be presenting a concert on Sunday as they return from their annual choir tour.
Concerts will be presented at 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. in the sanctuary. On Saturday, 72 choir members and 13 chaperones departed for Ohio, spending the week at Camp Wanake, a United Methodist Camp in Beach City, Ohio.
The Newnan choir led worship at Johnson Memorial United Methodist in Huntington, W.Va.; Otterbein United Methodist in Navarre, Ohio; and First United Methodist in Dover, Ohio. They also sang for the residents of Breckenridge Village in Cleveland
and Wesley Village in Wilmore, Ky.
The itinerary included a Cleveland Indians game where the First Methodist Ensemble sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The group also toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and spent a day at the roller coaster capital of the world, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio.
In addition, they also served through a couple organizations in Canton.
Chaperones for the trip were Craig Bryan, Kevin Daniell, Josie Exner, Laurie Fambro, David Kinrade, JoAn Kinrade, Bonnie Krider, Kerry Moore, Brent Ritter, Kristy Rossey, Matt Rossey, David Royal and Teresa Ward.
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Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church, 54 Pinson St., will celebrate its 155th Church Anniversary on Sunday.
The anniversary service will start at 3 p.m. L. M. Spear, pastor of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, will bring the message.
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Sharpsburg Church of the Nazarene, 4757 Hwy 34E held a free first aid training on the evening of May 23.
A waffle bar was also part of the evening’s events.
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Mt Gilead United Methodist Church near Grantville and Wadley Chapel United Methodist Church celebrated Pastor Rodney Dexter Grier’s First Appreciation and Fifth Anniversary Day on May 27.
The afternoon service took place at Wadley Chapel, 2515 Coweta Heard Rd., Hogansville. The guest minister was Leroy G. Doe, and the choir of Concord Baptist Church in Atlanta sang. Sen. Donzella James of the 35th District was also a part of the program.
Dinner was served before the program.
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The children’s choirs at Central Baptist Church recently completed another year of practice and performance.
Directors of the choirs during the past year were Carol Glover, Jennifer Lisborg and Cathy Wright. Assistants were Mattie Brady, Candace Frank, Mary Overton and Marky Underwood. Julia Huster was the accompanist for the choirs.