Maplesville, American Cancer Society to hold ‘Sunday of Hope’

Published 4:20 pm Monday, April 11, 2016

Faith and hope coincide in many of life’s situations and will come together once again on April 17.

A “Sunday of Hope” celebration will be held at a music pavilion at Maplesville ballpark.

The event will be hosted by the Ebenezer Baptist Church “Relay For Life” team and in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

According to Relay For Life Community Manager Jeannie Smith, the purpose of the event is to reflect and remember members of the Maplesville community that has been touched by cancer in some form or another.

“It is a chance to unite in prayer and bring together churches in Maplesville and the surrounding area,” Smith said.

The event is open to everyone who wishes to attend or help out in any capacity. For information about the event, email or call (334) 410-0588.

“I will never turn away any volunteers or someone who just wants to help in the fight,” Smith said.

It is the first year that the event is taking place and will begin at 5 p.m.

Local performers County Road 45 Band will be on hand to provide music throughout the ceremony.

Guest speakers at the event will share with the crowd their experiences that they have encountered while dealing with cancer and the effects that it has had and continues to have on their lives.

The speakers will include Lindy Payne, Judy Walls, Perrin Mims and Cliff Smith.

All the speakers will be telling their stories to an audience for the first time, Smith said.

An “altar call” will take place for those wishing to come forward and luminaria bags will be available for purchase at 4 p.m. and used at the Chilton County Relay For Life event on April 30.

Supplies will be furnished on site to decorate the bags.

“We know that a cure is on the horizon and we want to give that hope for the future,” Smith said. “Sometimes all you have is hope to cling to.”