Reminder: Area churches to celebrate freedom with community program on courthouse lawn

The community will have a freedom celebration this year, but it will be nearly a week before Independence Day so as not to cause conflict with families’ other activities.

Several area churches are getting together to present the event this Sunday, June 29, at the Union County Courthouse.

A picnic will start the program at 5:30 p.m. with hamburgers or hot dogs provided and those attending are invited to bring coolers and lawn chairs (no alcohol is permitted on courthouse property). There will be bouncers for the kids as well.

A combined choir with about 200 members will perform between 6 and 6:30 p.m., accompanied by special lighting and video.

The main program will be by author and TV host Dennis Swanberg of Monroe. La., who has been described as “America’s minister of entertainment,” and has Swanberg Christian Ministries.

Swanberg also will present a program during the morning worship service at First Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m.

There will be no admission charge but an offering will be taken to help defray expenses.

Churches participating include Bethlehem United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Fredonia Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Ingomar Baptist Church and New Birth Church.