churches are planning
services remembering September 11
By Jan Kennedy
Gwinnett Ministries Network
Special to GwinnettForum.com
SEPT. 3, 2002 -- Will we ever again experience a "September
11" without remembering the events of 9/11/01? And how will
we handle 9/11/02 - this first, critical anniversary of the attacks
on our country?
Many of us still have unanswered questions as to WHY this happened.
Many are still dealing with the shock and grief of this overwhelming
experience. Many want to remember the victims and honor the heroes
involved. Many want to experience the sense of community and closeness
to God that come from sharing a worship event.
Some have a sense of fear and anxiety that they felt right after
the attack. Many groups around Gwinnett County anticipate these
feelings in the people around them. They're preparing special events
on and near THIS September 11! Civic groups, churches and others
will welcome those in their communities to come and give expression
to their feelings and find hope for the future.
Local fire and police personnel and other community heroes will
be represented and honored at some services. Participants can give
thanks for the workers in New York on 9/11 and the day-to-day sacrifices
public safety people make here in Gwinnett County. Some groups and
individuals will pray for the people around them and distribute
special invitations to their nearby events.
Some of the civic events in Gwinnett include:
- The City of Suwanee - Service of Remembrance and Celebration
of local heroes with several churches cooperating. For info, call
- "Here's Hope, Gwinnett!" - Eight Lawrenceville
and two Snellville churches will gather on the Old Courthouse
grounds in Lawrenceville at 5 p.m. For info, call 770 963-4858.
- Candlelight Vigil - Part of Family Violence Task Force
Conference will meet outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration
Building, with Honor Guard at 9 p.m. For info, call 770 822-8319.
- Remembrance Service - Focus On the Bible Ministries and
Strategic Ministerial Alliance of Greater Metro Atlanta at 9:22
a.m. at Scenic Highway Office Complex, Snellville. For info, call
Among the church celebrations:
- Hopewell Baptist - Prayer and Reflection, 9-12 a.m. Worship
service honoring public safety personnel at 7 p.m. 182 Hunter
- Kirk of the Corners Christian - Open Prayer Time: 8:30
a.m. 3:30 p.m.; light supper at 6:30 p.m.; Prayer & Remembrance
Service at 7 p.m..
- Norcross First United Methodist - Service of Hope: 12
noon on Sept. 11; chapel open for prayer all day; Prayer Service
from 7- 9:30 p.m. 9/11 victims will be remembered on Sept. 8.
- Peachtree Corners Baptist, Norcross - 9/11 Remembrance
Lunch will be served at 12 noon.
- Berkmar UMC, Lilburn - A musical, "Sweet Land of
Liberty" will be presented, 675 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn.
- New Hope Christian, Lawrenceville - Special Recognition
Service at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 for police, firefighters, emergency
service personnel, Red Cross workers and educators.
- Lilburn Christian - "A Night of Encouragement"
with public safety personnel, military workers, and airline employees
- Gracepoint Nazarene - Service at 7:30 p.m. in Grayson
High School Auditorium and Theater. For info, call 678 406-9114.
Unless otherwise noted, the above and the following churches will
hold their main "911" events at 7 p.m. on September 11:
Sugarloaf UMC, Duluth; Peachtree Corners Presbyterian,
Norcross; First Baptist of Sugar Hill; Sugar Hill UMC,
First Baptist of Lilburn; Lilburn Alliance; Hebron Baptist,
Dacula; Perimeter, Duluth.
Check Mission America's website, www.911remembrance.com,
for other area church events commemorating September 11.
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