By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
Free food, skating and other activities will be available around the All-America City during the second annual Week of the Family, Nov. 7-12.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with Tupelo First Presbyterian Church is teaming with the City of Tupelo to celebrate the bonds of kinship that form the basic building block of society.
“The family is really how our nation was built,” said the Rev. Tom Groome, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, who again is partnering with the Tupelo LDS Church to host the kick-off block party at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. Last year a good cross section of Tupeloans turned out for an evening of volleyball, board games and hot dogs at First Presbyterian Church.
“We like to think we have an ecumenical spirit here,” said Groome, adding that it’s a good statement on behalf of Tupelo Christians to come together across denominational lines and affirm the importance of family bonds.
Latter-day Saints, or Mormons as they’re commonly called, not to be confused with FLDS, or the fundamentalist sect, are strong advocates of traditional family values.
“Families are the root of success in society,” said Gina Thorderson, spokesperson for the Tupelo Stake of the LDS Church, which includes New Albany, Booneville, Columbus, Corinth and West Point as well as Florence, Hamilton, Haleyville and Russellville, Ala. “All good things begin in the home,” said Thorderson. “Successful parenting is the most important work we can engage in.”
Last year the Tupelo LDS Church helped treat hundreds of residents in Northeast Mississippi to a week of wholesome activities. This year’s schedule looks similar.
Nov. 8 will be story time at the Lee County Library, starting at 5 p.m. The stories will be about snowmen, and kids will have a chance to make edible snowmen.
Strap on your roller skates Nov. 10 for free family skating at Skate Zone, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Wellness Center will open its doors to families Nov. 11, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. for indoor activities like swimming and volleyball.
Nov. 11 is family movie night at the Link Centre, starting at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, will conclude the Week of the Family with an array of free activities, including admission to HealthWorks, 10 a.m. until noon, and the Oren Dunn City Museum 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Have fun Saturday in Ballard Park as well. Starting at 1 p.m. there’ll be inflatables, carnival-type rides and a rock wall, as well as vehicles and gadgets for little ones and their parents to gawk at, including an ambulance, a fire truck and even a bomb robot. There’ll be free popcorn, snow cones and treats, as well as a chance to learn about emergency preparedness, all as a tribute to the great American family.
Galen Holley is the Daily Journal’s religion editor. Contact him at (662) 678-1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.