On September 11, 2011, members of the Alexander City Fire and Police Departments as well as many from the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s department were honored at Flint Hill UMC. During the worship service, each department was presented 10 copies of the newly revised “Strength for Service” devotional book. These books were a gift from the Men’s group who held a fund raiser dinner to procure funds to purchase them. Rev. Dee Dowdy (Sr. pastor), Mr. Steve Pemberton (Men’s group president and Lay-leader) presented the books to the leaders of the three departments with the help of Mayor Barbara Young. After the service, a meal was given in honor of the first responders.
The response to the invitation to attend this service was awesome! There were 241 individuals at the service (which represented one of the highest attendance records for Flint Hill). The church decided to do this to show appreciation to those who place their lives in jeopardy on a regular basis that their sacrifice is appreciated. And, the devotional books were given as a way to show the love of Christ.
This service occurred on the heels of another appreciation event where the church provided a very nice luncheon for the staff and teachers from a local elementary school. During this event, teachers were presented with supplies donated by church members.
Speaking of these events, Pastor Dee Dowdy said, “Flint Hill is committed to reaching out beyond our doors to show others the love of Christ. We decided to take a new approach to doing just that this year. Our prayer is that those who may not know much about the love of God might be made curious by our church’s acts of caring.”