The men of First Christian Church of Meridian will present “The Living Last Supper” at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 18, in the sanctuary at 1301 23rd Avenue in Meridian.
The presentation will provide an evening of dramatic re-enactment, music, worship, prayer and Holy Communion.
“We are presenting the Living Last Supper as our Maundy Thursday service this year at First Christian,” said
“Maundy Thursday remembers Jesus’ final meal with his disciples and his betrayal and arrest in the garden," Rev. Mark Benson, pastor of FCC, wrote in an email. "The beauty of the Living Last Supper is that one gets to hear a more complete account of Jesus’ time with each of his disciples, drawn from their stories in the gospels. Having been a part of such presentations in the past, it truly is a meaningful worship service.”
The Living Last Supper is an adaptation of an original drama by the late Virginia playwright Ernest K. Emurian. A United Methodist pastor, musician and dramatic artist, Emurian composed the drama in April 1954 for local church productions in the Portsmouth, Virginia area. Over the years, the production continues to be recreated during Holy Week observances in countless churches.
This contemporary Christian dramatization brings to life through drama, dialogue and music the tension-fillled moment when the disciples struggle with Jesus’ announcement that a betrayer is in their midst. Each disciple then proceeds to reflect on his life and journey with Christ, and seeks the answer to their shared question, “Is it I?” The presentation ends with Holy Communion and the image of the Last Supper, as painted by Leonardo da Vinci in his well-known painting of the event.
This presentation is free to attend. The public is invited. For more information, call First Christian Church at 601-693-1425.
The performance includes Rev. Mark Benson, David Pankiewicz, Lee Meyer, Thomas Molony, Jim Matheny, Andrew Covington, Joe Johnson, Pete Willis, Tommy Thompson, Bill Hammack, Charles Kimbrough, Bill Barham, Phil Brooks, Daniel Comeaux, Levi Mitze-Circiumaru, LeAnne Benson , Cindy Brooks, LeAnne Benson , Kathy Parker, Charles Downey and Roy Bailey,
Exchange Club honors officers
The Meridian Exchange Club recently honored local law enforcement officers at their annual Law Enforcement Appreciation luncheon.
City of Meridian Chief of Police Bennie Dubose presented the Police Officer of the Year Award to Senior Police officer Devie R. Freeman who was accompanied by his wife, Atleen. Officer Freemen has been in law enforcement since 1998 and has been in the Meridian Police Department for five years. Chief Dubose said officer Freemen is a super person and goes above and beyond his duties in serving the community. Officer Freemen has recently started a Cub Scout den at a local housing authority. Officer Freemen thanked the club for honoring him and said he enjoys his job and especially being able to help children.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie thanked the club for the event and said he is a proud past recipient of the award. He presented Deputy Toby Pinson the award as Deputy of the Year. He said Deputy Pinson was a most successful patrol deputy and has been active with large numbers of stops and citations for various infractions. Officer Pinson was recently promoted to investigation of crimes against children. Deputy Pinson, who was accompanied by his wife Krystna, thanked the club graciously.
Master Sgt. Billy Dear of Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop H presented the Highway Patrolman of the Year Award to Staff Sgt. Roy Benamon, who has served since 1999. He said that since Jan. 1, 2009, Staff Sgt. Benamon has worked 85 wrecks, 17 fatal crashes, 21 injury wrecks and 600 property damage wrecks. He said Sgt. Benamon also conducted 57 investigations and put over a million miles on his cars.
Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kenny Griffis, a Meridian native who has served 16 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals as Chief Justice and Presiding Justice gave the keynote address. He quoted the preamble of the U. S. Constitution and noted the first thing it guarantees Americans is “to establish justice.” He noted that law enforcement is more difficult today than ever. He said that law enforcement is the most challenging job of any profession and requires great courage, judgment and skill.
Wallace Heggie, project chairman, planned the event. Jerry Stephensen, Exchange Club president, presided.
Friends of Clarkco plan events
The Friends of Clarkco State Park are planning activities for 2019, including the annual Fishing Rodeo scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11, and the annual Lake Run Clarkco State Park 5K (3.1 mile) set for Saturday, June 8.
Proceeds from the Lake Run will benefit Creature Comforts Animal Shelter in Quitman.
For more information about Clarkco State Park, including how to join the “Friends” organization, email park manager Tony Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or call 601-776-6651 or 601-692-7337.
Burgers & Barks raises $2,022
The inaugural Burgers & Barks at Bonita fundraiser March 30 raised $2,022 for East Mississippi Animal Rescue.
The event was organized by a six-member East Mississippi Business Development Corporation Leadership Lauderdale Team. It featured a pet parade, pet photo booth, face painting and other fun activities.
A check presentation is planned at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 9 at the Citizens Bank downtown office.
Cheryl Owens writes the Neighbors column for The Meridian Star. Submit items to firstname.lastname@example.org.