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October 24, 2012

News and Tribune letters: Oct. 24, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Hope leader says thanks for giant response

Once again I have the pleasure of expressing sincere gratitude to the community, on behalf of both Hope Southern Indiana (formerly Interfaith Community Council) and myself personally.

We applaud the significant support that families and individuals of all ages showed at our sixth-annual “Giants in the Faith” community celebration and luncheon in August. It’s humbling to see so many people from diverse backgrounds come together for the purpose of praising God and his hand in our lives and for honoring the behind-the-scenes people whose faith continues to make a difference in others’ lives.

This year’s event hosted 420 people for an afternoon of heartwarming fellowship and sharing Christ. It is not a fundraiser, so Hope is additionally grateful to the News and Tribune for its title sponsorship, along with Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes and First Harrison Bank for supporting sponsorships. Many other individuals and businesses also donated time and goods to make the afternoon possible and memorable.

We are excited to announce that the seventh-annual “Giants in the Faith” will be earlier than before — Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, again from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Plantation Hall at Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight. Please note this on your personal and church calendars so people can plan.

The entire community will once again be invited to submit the names of people (who live or worship in Floyd County) who have had an impact on their Christian faith. The process was not designed to recognize just a list of roles that people have held but ways in which they live out their faith as examples to us all.

Watch the media for more details in the spring as the submission period begins, followed by the time to make reservations. Plan to attend and capture in person the excitement that comes when God’s people raise the roof to honor him as the greatest Giant ever!

Mark your calendars now for Aug. 4. Encourage your family, friends and church to do the same, and hold the date. You will be blessed!

— Christine Harbeson, executive director, Hope Southern Indiana

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