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Three regional churches to pay tribute to military
Armed Forces to be honored Sunday
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Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville First United Methodist and Dunwoody United Methodist Church are honoring the military men and women this weekend with their own patriotic celebration.

The annual patriotic celebration at Lakewood Baptist Church, at 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, will honor active military and veterans in the region Sunday, June 30.

The 9:30 and 11 a.m. services will salute active and retired members of the nation’s armed forces. The Hall County Sheriff’s Honor Guard will present the colors and worshippers will enjoy a 30-piece orchestra and multi-generational choir performing military service anthems and other patriotic songs.

Lakewood minister of music Bill Risinger will direct the services.

“It is always a blessing to give thanks to God for the opportunity to live in such a great nation!” he said.

Lakewood’s senior pastor, Tom Smiley, added “While we understand that we worship God, it is necessary that we acknowledge the gift God has given us by way of this nation.”

For more information, visit or call 770-532-6307.

Gainesville First United Methodist Church, at 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, will have its patriotic celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

The church’s chancel choir and Believers Concert Band combine to present a salute to our nation’s heritage of freedom in a patriotic concert. Program highlights include a salute to veterans and active-duty military personnel and choral performances of well-loved patriotic songs such as “God Bless America,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other favorites.

Tickets are complimentary but recommended to ensure seating. Call the church office at 770-536-2341 for tickets.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church, at 1548 Mount Vernon Road, will have its “Salute to America” concert and picnic at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in the sanctuary.

The chancel choir and a brass ensemble will perform Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom”, based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and such classics as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Salute to the Armed Forces.” The Wandering Shepherds will join in with some American folk song classics.

Afterward, The Varsity will offer some of its own classics at a churchwide picnic under the trees on our grounds. Seating will be available in the gym in case of rain or for those who find the summer heat too uncomfortable.

A meal costs $10 and includes two hotdogs and/or hamburgers with all the trimmings, a side order and a drink. Desserts will be provided by church volunteers.

Visit or call 770-394-0675, ext. 106, for more details or to register for the picnic.

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