Willard McCain, music minister at Grace Harvest Fellowship, didn’t know there were so many veterans in his congregation until he decided to honor them in 1991.
He said the special service literally brought tears to the eyes of many veterans.
“I didn’t know there was such a need there, but there really is,” McCain said. “Some of the guys say they’ve never been told ‘thank you’ before.”
The service has since become an annual event. It happens again this Sunday morning.
McCain said the program features patriotic music performed by a 40-voice choir and a 10-piece instrumental group.
There’s also a trumpet solo to open the service. Organizers even have sign language and mime presentations planned.
But, McCain said, the biggest attractions are the guests of honor. All 100 of them. That’s how many vets showed up to the 1994 service. At the program’s conclusion, McCain invites them all on stage to be recognized.
“It’s pretty stirring,” he said.
The service lasts from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is at 15601 E. 24th.
Outdoor worship service
Have a tough time sitting in church on a sunny holiday weekend?
Pines Baptist Church might have the answer.
The church will take this weekend’s Sunday evening worship service outside. And there’s more than just sunshine: The Independence Day-themed event features patriotic music, too.
The service will be held at 6 p.m. on the church’s large lawn, 714 S. Pines Road.
Bible school registration
Zion Lutheran Church, 8304 E. Buckeye, is accepting registration for its vacation Bible school.
Classes are open to children age 4 through grade six.
Church spokeswoman Debbie Grube said classes will feature crafts, music, Bible stories and fun.
Special guests will be Minneapolisbased Captive Free, a five-man teaching and musical group sponsored by Lutheran Youth Encounter. They will also perform a free concert on July 20 at 7 p.m.
Classes run July 17-21. Sessions run from 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. each day.
Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, call the church at 926-5407.
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