God and Country event to recognize area public servants
by Rebecca Johnston
June 29, 2013 12:07 AM | 1245 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sutallee Baptist Church in White conducts its annual God and Country Independence Day celebration in 2012. Above: The Sutallee Revival Praise and Worship Band sings a selection of patriotic songs at the event.
Sutallee Baptist Church in White conducts its annual God and Country Independence Day celebration in 2012. Above: The Sutallee Revival Praise and Worship Band sings a selection of patriotic songs at the event.
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A patriotic service set for Sunday gives the community a chance to thank those who serve locally as well as those in the military for their service.

Sutallee Baptist Church will conduct its annual God and County Day at 10:45 a.m. at the church, 895 Knox Bridge Highway in White.

The special patriotic service will recognize local elected officials, firefighters and police officers, as well as active and retired servicemembers.

The day includes a lesson on America’s Christian heritage, special music and a sermon. Lunch will follow the service.

Church pastor the Rev. Billy Edmondson said the event was started after a church mission trip to the Philippines reminded him of the importance of the freedoms enjoyed by those living in the United States.

“I realized how much we should keep in our heart and mind to be good citizens and to love and appreciate our country and freedoms,” Edmondson said. “The service is for the community and everyone is welcome.”

While the tradition began before Sept. 11, 2001, the 9/11 attacks made it even more meaningful and important, he said.

“The events at that time enriched the meaning of our service and brought it to the forefront,” Edmondson said.

Brandon Roberts, communications director for the church, said the day is a chance to honor those who serve the community.

“The event is meaningful because it is a service that honors our public servants, our politicians, police, fire and others who serve us,” Roberts said. “We have invited all the elected and appointed officials, they will have an opportunity to introduce themselves so we can honor and recognize them for their service to the community.”

Sutallee is a Southern Baptist Church and is involved in global mission efforts, as well, Edmondson said.

The church helped purchase land in the Philippines and coordinates missions there with the help of a church planner.

For additional information about the church or the service, call (770) 479-0101 or go to www.sutalleebaptistchurch.com.
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