A Marion County First Responders appreciation evening is planned at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Mission Hill Baptist Church in Palmyra.

A Marion County First Responders appreciation evening is planned at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Mission Hill Baptist Church in Palmyra. First Responders are encouraged to wear uniforms and bring equipment, whatever is convenient.

Chuck Mayrand, Awana Commander, reported the plans for the evening: “We will assemble in the Mission Hill School all-purpose building gym. … You will be (seated) in the center of the gym. All Awana youth and personnel will  form a circle around you. The Mission Hill church members and those attending from the community will form around the Awana youth.

“The program will begin with pledges to the American flag, Christian Flag, Bible and the Awana flag,” Mayrand continued. “Pastor Lewis will offer a prayer . ... He will then bring a short message from the Bible. … This will take approximately 45 minutes of your time. We value your time and your positions. We want you to know we have your back and pray for you.

“With the division we are facing in America between right and wrong, we want the community to know we appreciate each of you, and that we love you and support you,” Mayrand said. “It is our goal that the Awana youth and the community and our church know who you are, and want you in turn to know we care and pray for you on a regular basis. 

“Please let me know as soon as you can how many plan to come and anything else you can share or if you want to share something with the attendees.”

Mayrand may be reached at 573-248-8753.