‘Living Flag’ performances honor vets, late minister (plus news briefs)

The traditional “Living Flag” performances at Mohammed (Sick.) christian church will be presented again this year, honoring not only our nation’s service members and veterans, but also david johnson, the senior minister who founded the patriotic concerts 18 years ago. Johnson oversaw productions until his death in February this year at the age of 69.

“He was loved by everyone” Cathy Menacher say it News-Gazette for a report this week. Menacher is in his first year directing the production, which features 30 singers on a 16-by-24-foot flag constructed from scaffolding. The hour-plus program features a narrator and songs from five military branches. This weekend’s free performances — 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday — will likely draw 300-400 people each (with room for more).

Menacher described the program as “fun”, but also “very spiritual, moving, [and] patriotic.”

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News in brief

“It’s not too late to join us on site or online,” according to the International Missions Conference. “Register for the conference online. . . throughout Conference Weekend,” which runs Thursday through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. “You can even buy a virtual pass that will extend your ICOM experience! Passes [are] available now and after the conference. On-site attendees can also register at the door when the conference officially opens at 1 p.m. Thursday

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Jared Wilkins40, who had served as senior pastor with Parkcrest Christian ChurchLong Beach, Calif., died suddenly Oct. 20 after back surgery.

“We are all devastated by the passing of Jared,” said Eric Marsh, executive pastor of the CCP, in an article in the Press-Telegram. “There was an immense outpouring of love for him and his family. He was larger than life, cheerful, outgoing, a bridge builder. He had such a positive impact in a relatively short time.

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Eastview Christian Church— with campuses in Bloomington and Normal, Ill. — has purchased a former YMCA facility and plans to expand its social services to the Twin Cities and McLean County as a whole, according to an article in the Pantagraph,

“The main draw for us is the location and being in the community, among the people we call family and have loved and served for many years,” the senior Eastview pastor said. mike baker told the newspaper.

“We’ve already done so much in terms of food pantries, after-school programs and backpacks for kids, single mother care and recovery groups, that we’re going to have to have a larger dedicated facility for all of them. these services that we want for the community,” Baker told the newspaper. Other opportunities include youth ministry, after-school programs and recreational opportunities for children and families, he said.

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Saturday, Mike Gillespieminister with Marengo (Indiana.) christian church, announced its 4,200th sporting event, a sprint football game in Frankfort, Ky., featuring Midway University (Ky.) as the home team. On September 15, he announced the first-ever sprint football game played in “the South” as Midway hosted Bellarmine University (of Louisville). Sprint football has been played for over 100 years, primarily in Northeastern schools, and only by players who typically weigh less than 178 pounds. (We wrote on Gillespie’s AP announcing “hobby” in February 2021, shortly after announcing his 4,000th sporting event.)

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