August 29, 2002

911 Remembrance Service To Held In Memphis

Nearly all remember where they were last September when they heard the news of the terrorist attacks. The world stood still, watching the horrific events unfold, asking, "Why?" "How?" and "Who?" Now the anniversary of those attacks is approaching. And "lest we forget," The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance is hosting a Remembrance Service at the High School Gym in Memphis on September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Following last year's tragedy, churches didn't have time to prepare for the influx of visitors in worship who were seeking refuge and hop. But, while church attendance spiked at first, it did not hold, and as noted by evangelical leaders, America's spiritual focus soon weakened to former levels. But, Scotland County pastors declare, "its time to ask the tough questions of life again as we come to the first anniversary of the attacks and as we consider the dual challenge of terrorism's continued threat and the need to win a war."

The Scotland County Remembrance Service will be part of a nationwide effort promoted by the non-denominational ministry, Mission America. This group has challenged the country to restore "what should be our highest priority, our need for God."

Rev. Glenn Barth, Mission America's National Facilitator of City and Community Ministries, says, "There are some things only the church can provide in times of crisis. The news media can tell us what happened. Emergency workers can tell us what is being done in response. But only the church can share a word of hope and call a community to prayer, action and reliance on God."

Dr. Larry Lewis, Mission America's National Facilitator of Denominational Ministries adds, "The daily news brings a message of fear and despair but the gospel brings a message of faith and hope."

Scotland County pastors have announced that, through the local remembrance service, the community will have an opportunity to honor: Those who died in the September 11th Tragedy; Those who serve in the military as the War on Terror continues; Those who have served in the military in the past; Those who provide leadership and protection for our communities.

Ministerial Alliance President Troy Barrett adds, "We can also honor the God who has made us and called us to pray." He further states, "Through this service, our community can put into practice the motto displayed on our coins and currency. 'In God, we trust', and we can uphold the recently challenged 'One nation, under God' phrase in our Pledge." Pastor Barrett urges all in the Scotland County area to attend the service and bring along a strong sense of patriotism and hope.

Community, country, and state leaders who will attend include . . . Mark Parkinson, aide to U.S. Senator Bond; Brad Epperson, aide to U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan; Scot Callicot, aide to U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof; Liz Miller, aide to State Senator John Cauthorn; State Representative and State Senate Candidate Sam Berkowitz; Memphis Mayor Ron Alexander who will read a letter from U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Talent; Candidates for the Missouri House, Brian Munzlinger and Paul Campbell. Special music for the event will be provided by The Evening on Broadway Singers, a group of singers from Scotland, Knox and Clark Counties under the direction of Dr. Harlo Donelson.

Under the leadership of Alliance member, Pastor Carol Blackwell, local youth will add a unique expression of honor by placing, along the walks around the high school, a luminary for each of the 3,000, etc. who died in the terrorist attacks.

For further information contact Jack Sumption at the First Christian Church in Memphis -465-7751.

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