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UMC to host Fuzz Run, 9/11 events

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

COVINGTON -- Fuzz Run weekend is traditionally a busy affair in Covington, but this year even more activities will be packed into the occasion as the folks at Covington's First United Methodist Church host several events in their quest to "Change the World and Impact the Community."

"With the Fuzz Run being on Sept. 11 this year, we saw it as an opportunity to honor and celebrate the police, firemen, EMTs and military ... and to embrace the entire weekend as a time to remember, celebrate and ensure people have not forgotten the events of nine years ago," said Dr. Doug Gilreath, senior pastor.

The church will host a spaghetti luncheon and dinner Friday, Sept. 10, to encourage the runners to fill up on "carbs." Invited are all Fuzz Run participants, as well as Newton County civil servants and military personnel. Donations for the meals will be accepted for the Police Who Care fund, a fund administered by the Covington Police Department which is used to give immediate assistance to needy families throughout the year. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Immediately following the race on Saturday, a 9/11 Service of Remembrance will be held in the Covington FUMC sanctuary.

"That is certainly going to be our community emphasis," Gilreath said. "Mac McKibben will bring a group here that is going to be performing during the service, and we want to emphasize to people of the area that they are invited to come in their sweaty running clothes. It will be a very casual service, but it will be a service that centers around remembrance and celebration."

During the 11 a.m. church service Sunday, there will be a special service to honor Newton County civil servants including staff from the CPD, the Covington Fire Department, the Newton County Fire Service, Emergency Medical personnel, as well as military personnel. The church will host a breakfast in their honor between the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services.

"There seems to be a great deal of excitement within the church body itself and in our communication with the fire departments and police departments and EMTs, there seems to be a lot of excitement and interest," Gilreath said. "There's a deep sense of appreciation from them, as well."

Members of the community are cordially invited to participate in any and all events over the weekend. The church is located at 1113 Conyers St. For more information, call 770-786-7305 or e-mail communications@fumccovington.org. The church website is www.fumccovington.org.