Singing Flag to bring music, light, patriotism together on Saturday
By W. WINSTON SKINNER
The Singing Flag is returning to East Newnan Baptist Church on Saturday.
The patriotic presentation will be held outdoors at the church on Saturday evening. The church mounted the Singing Flag last year for the Sept. 11 anniversary, and it was decided to restage the celebration of America close to the nation’s birthday.
“There will be pre-music, ice cream and cookies beginning at 8:15 p.m. with the flag presentation starting at 8:45 p.m.,” Harris said. Choir members will stand on a large lighted American flag stage for the Singing Flag program.
“This presentation will have our flag choir singing, while thousands of lights present a light show, as well as a video, that goes along with our songs,” Harris said. Bobby Stevenson, minister of music at the church, has encouraged members to “share this flag presentation with our friends, family and neighbors,” Harris added.
Harris said those attending should bring a lawn chair or blanket. “It will be a fun time,” Harris said, “Hearts will be touched by the many patriotic songs and waving of flags.
Also on Saturday, the Coweta Public Library System will hold a Happy Birthday America! Celebration at Central Library from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Games, crafts, stories and snacks are planned.
Many area churches will have some acknowledgement of the nation’s upcoming 236th birthday this Sunday. “God of Our Fathers” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” will be presented by soloist Bill Killmeier – along with trumpeter Martin Rudy and the Chancel Choir – at Central Baptist Church on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Churches will also be involved in various events relating to the celebration of Independence Day.
Members of Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak will be selling hot dogs, cold soft drinks and baked goods at the Haralson fireworks field – on Line Creek Road near Shaddix Road – starting about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The food – along with music and other activities – will follow the town’s annual pre-Independence Day parade and precede the July 3 evening fireworks display at dark.
Kicking off events Wednesday is the Moreland barbecue. The centerpiece of Moreland’s July 4 celebration, the barbecue has been sponsored for decades by three churches: First Baptist Church of Moreland, Moreland United Methodist Church and White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Members of the three churches will be selling barbecue plates at the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Barbecue Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill for $8 each Wednesday. Serving officially begins at 11 a.m., but the line often forms earlier.
The Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival will again be part of the festivities in Moreland. Members of Moreland United Methodist Church’s Golden Quilters will again be selling tickets for $1 each to raffle a quilt they have made.
The quilt table will be next to the church sign, facing the town square. The quilters have created a king-size quilt this year – hand-pieced and hand-quilted.
Moreland Methodist will also be having a “yard sale” in its air conditioned fellowship hall on Wednesday from 8 a.m.-noon.
The youth from Allen-Lee Methodist will be among the vendors at Puckett Station from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. They will be selling fresh produce, miniature plants and baked goods.
Newnan’s parade is 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the evening Coweta community celebration and fireworks coordinated by Newnan Rotary Club at Drake Stadium on the Newnan High campus on LaGrange Street.