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Church service to support teachers
First Presbyterian Church plans communitywide appreciation event
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Teacher Appreciation and Prayer Service
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville
Contact: 770-532-0136 or

It’s always nice to know you’re appreciated.

That’s what some Gainesville churches hope to express to educators Sunday, at the first Teacher Appreciation and Prayer Service hosted by First Presbyterian Church.

“I think it’s important that we all know we’re appreciated and we want them to know that the task they do is extremely important,” said the Rev. Daniel Hagmaier of First Presbyterian.

“We want them to know that they’re not alone and that people are thinking of them and praying for them as they’re teaching our children.”

The service will take place the day before teachers go back to school in Gainesville and Hall County. Students will start classes on Aug. 10.

“As the brand new school year gets under way, we thought perhaps the day before (they go back) their thoughts would be directed to the work they’ll start the next day,” said Michael Henry, First Presbyterian director of music ministry.

Several other churches have been invited to participate.

The service is intended for all teachers, retired educators, preschool teachers and all who want to show their support.

The service will feature testimony from a local teacher of the year and a sermon from Hagmaier. A reception will follow.

Henry said that teachers can sometimes be taken for granted. He said their job can at times seem like an “almost impossible task” but the role they play in the community is very important.

He said that most teachers consider their careers a calling and the appreciation service is a way to apply their faith to their vocation.

“We want to pray for them for strength and for patience for teaching our children. We wanted them to know the church community is with them and supports them,” Hagmaier said.

He said the church hopes this will become a yearly tradition.