Meridian Star

September 8, 2012

Church screens ‘Courageous’ for public

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     A film that examines the struggles of police officers on the job and at home will be presented to the public free of charge this weekend at a local church.

    "Courageous," the fourth film produced by Sherwood Pictures, is being shown Sunday at 6 p.m. at Northcrest Baptist Church, 3412 North Hills Street, Meridian.

    Sherwood Pictures also produced "Fireproof," and "Facing the Giants."

    Dr. Daniel Lanier, senior pastor at Northcrest, said he hopes that the film's powerful message to fathers will get through. It's not just for police officers, it's for any man who is a father.

    "These guys that are out there are serving the public," Lanier said. "These officers go through so much and they lay their lives on the line every day for us."

    Lanier said Northcrest Baptist has had several police officers and other public servants join the church recently. Showing this movie is a way to show their gratitude.

    "We need to let them know that we appreciate them and that we love them," Lanier said. "We hope to be able to minister to those who help us."

    The movie tells the story of four men called to serve and protect.

    "As law enforcement officers, they are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets have to offer," according to publicity information released by the film company. "Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood."

    When tragedy strikes, the men are challenged in a new way, which reveals to them their responsibilities to their children.

    The film will be shown in the church's multi-purpose building.