First Responders Appreciation Service
First responders and members of Faith Immanuel and Hope churches gathered for worship on Sept. 8 under tents and on our Colonial Road lawn. More than 150 people were in attendance.
The First Responders Appreciation service, held near the commemorative date of Sept. 11, included current and former police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and their families from Lower Paxton and Susquehanna townships and Community General Osteopathic Hospital.
Rev. James Stough, chaplain for firefighters in Dauphin county, offered prayers for first responders and was assisted by Elder Rose Jewell-Jordan with a litany especially thanking and praying for those who keep our community safe and secure.
Rev. Allison Spooner, pastor of Faith and Hope churches, gave a sermon “To Be Fully Known and Seen” following scripture readings by Holly Dash, a former firefighter, from I Corinthians and Lamentations. Prelude and offertory music was played by pianist Matas Kazenauskas. Caleb Flick, director of music ministries, provided piano for hymns.
Special guests Lowman Henry, chairman, Robin Lindsey and Norm Zoumas, Lower Paxton Twp. supervisors, attended the service.
The service was followed by a picnic lunch with covered dishes and desserts from both congregations was organized by the Congregational Life committee, chaired by Shirley Cleaver, and a concert by the Lower Paxton Twp. Variety Band, directed by Jim Milbrand. A cakewalk and Bingo was also held. Personalized certificates of appreciation were presented to first responders. A second First Responders service is planned for Sept. 13, 2020.
Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church recognized our community first responders at an outdoor worship service on Sept. 8. Followed by a picnic and entertainment by the Lower Paxton Township Variety Band.