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SOS plans annual ‘America the Beautiful’ on Sunday, July 2

by E.D. Thyr

The third annual “America the Beautiful” Sunday will be observed by Shepherd of the Sierra at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday, July 2.

The services will feature a message by Pastor E.D. Thyr titled “Still One Nation, Under God?” He will share what the word of God says about a blessed nation and how it can maintain that blessing.

The entire worship service will be centered around the flag that flies high above the youth/ed building of the fledgling church plant north of Target on Highway 395. The songs sung will include a variety of patriotic hymns including the “Navy Hymn,” “God of Our Fathers,” “Faith of our Fathers” and “America.” There will be a children’s message, started with the singing of “God Bless America.” Each child in attendance will receive a special gift focusing on the real meaning of the Fourth of July.

Weather permitting, both services will conclude as the worshippers file out of the chapel area of SOS youth/ed building and gather under the 30-foot flagpole that has become a landmark in the area. The worshippers will pledge allegiance both to the United States of America and to Jesus Christ and join in singing “America.”

Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church is located about a half mile north of the intersection of Jacks Valley Road and Highway 395. Watch for the flags and turn into the driveway used both by Shepherd of the Sierra and the Foursquare Church adjacent to it.

For more information, call SOS at 267-3680. Everyone is welcome to join the growing group at Shepherd of the Sierra, Thyr said.