Healing and remembrance event Jan. 23 at Mike Miller Park

The Marshall County FOCUS (Facilitators of Community Unity & Support) group has planned a respectful and uplifting event of healing and remembrance for the Marshall County community on the one year date of the shooting at Marshall County High School.

The ideas for the event sprang from feedback received on surveys given throughout the community in September. Many area churches have been instrumental in putting this together. Next Wednesday night, January 23rd at 6:00 PM, at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville, the community is invited to gather in the lower parking lot between the soccer fields.

The event will begin with a word of prayer followed by Bro. Tim Bertrand of God’s Graffiti Ministry. He will use his gift of art and love of Christ to create a painting while presenting a Message of hope and healing for the community. Bro. Brian Brophy of the Reidland Church of Christ and Cody Myers, a local musician, have written a song inspired by the aftermath of January 23rd which reminds us that together we are strong. Cody will perform the song at the conclusion of Bro. Bertand’s presentation.

The formal part of the event will end with the release of one orange and one blue Chinese Lantern.

Several Marshall County churches will have hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and baked goods at the large pavilion at the top of the hill from the parking lot. All are invited to stop and fellowship with one another there after the formal part of event. Several counselors and pastors will be on hand throughout the entire evening to talk with anyone who desires to speak with them. They will be easily identified by the orange ribbons that they will wear. Seven hundred fifty orange glow sticks will be passed out to the crowd and everyone is encouraged to bring their own orange
glow stick as these will probably go very quickly.

This community will never forget what happened on January 23, 2018 and will not forget the families and students who were impacted by the events. But, we will strive to maintain the hope and unity that the residents of Marshall County have always demonstrated.