Churches hold special events on 9/11

Officers who were able to attend Perryville UMC’s appreciation potluck were Robert McGhee - Perryville city officer, Nick Kincade - Perry County Deputy, Josh Cole - Perryville city officer, Danny Story - Perry County Deputy, Bill Finley - Perry County Deputy and Robbie Stout - AR Game & Fish officer. COURTESY PHOTO

Officers who were able to attend Perryville UMC’s appreciation potluck were Robert McGhee – Perryville city officer, Nick Kincade – Perry County Deputy, Josh Cole – Perryville city officer, Danny Story – Perry County Deputy, Bill Finley – Perry County Deputy and Robbie Stout – AR Game & Fish officer.
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A number of churches across Arkansas held activities to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Perryville United Methodist Church honored local law enforcement officers with a potluck after the worship service. As a way of paying tribute to the public servants who put themselves in harm’s way on Sept. 11, 2001, the church thanked local officers for their service and dedication to the people of Perry County.

That same day in Helena-West Helena, an Old Time Gospel Singing Worship Service was held on Cherry Street. Co-sponsored by First United Methodist Church Helena and First Presbyterian Church Helena, and supported by the other historic churches of downtown Helena, the service was attended by more than 200 people from the sponsoring church congregations, members from numerous Helena-West Helena churches, merchants of Cherry Street and visitors from the American Queen steamboat. The gathering replaced both churches’ regular indoor worship services.

Caroline Stephens, left, was among those who provided special music at a 9/11 Community Worship Service co-sponsored by First UMC Helena. COURTESY PHOTO

Caroline Stephens, left, was among those who provided special music at a 9/11 Community Worship Service co-sponsored by First UMC Helena.
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The Rev. Mike Wilkie, pastor of First UMC led the services, and the Rev. Lori Kleinjan, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, delivered the memorial message relating to 9/11. In addition to gospel hymn singing, a community choir and Caroline Stephens provided special music.