December 22, 2014

Faith Baptist Church holding annual Patriotic Program this weekend

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STANDISH — Parishioners and guests will take a step back in time during Faith Baptist Church’s Patriotic Program July 13.

Pastor Ron Lucas said this will mark the third time the church has held the program, which honors veterans and first responders while also looking back at the United States’ history. Lucas said the program will include a section about the Civil War that features a historical scene revolving around Abraham Lincoln, and a scene about Betsy Ross and the American flag.

Lucas said he wants to re-energize patriotism with the program.

“As a pastor I saw a lax in patriotism, especially in our younger generation,” he said. “I just wanted to keep that afloat.”

According to Lucas, the presentation has gone over well the last two years and he expects similar results this year.

“Last year we had well over 200, and we’re expecting close to 300 this year,” he said.

Three World War II veterans will be honored at the program, Lucas said. Each branch of the military will be recognized, and there will be special music and narration for the program, he said.

Lucas said July 13 the church will hold a car show in memory of Ed Gilkes. It is the third year for the car show, which coincides with the patriotic program each year, Lucas said.

“Ed was a member of our church who passed away and was into old cars — refurbishing and rebuilding old cars,” he said.

The program is free to attend, Lucas said. A collection will be taken, because it is being held at the time of the church’s regularly scheduled Sunday morning service, he said.

Lunch will be served afterward free of charge, Lucas said.

The program is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Faith Baptist Church is located at 4544 W. M-61 in Standish. For more information, call 989-846-6031.

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