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Service members to be honored during Christmas program

By Erin Smith

If you have a service member in your family who is deployed, Tar Heel Baptist Church wants to know. They will play recorded messages from the soldiers to their families during the church’s annual Christmas program on Saturday, December 9.

“We are trying to do something different in Tar Heel this year. We are trying to do something more evangelistic and reach out to families,” said Ginnie Varnam.

Varnam said she recalled when she was in high school and the church she attended at the time adopted service members to pray for at Christmas time. She said it touched the hearts of their family members who attended the church.

“We want to let those families (of deployed soldiers) know they are not forgotten,” said Varnam.

Varnam said she is hoping to reach out to those who are deployed and receive a video or audio recorded message to be played on the night of the Christmas program for their families to see. Varnam said what she needs is the email address of your deployed service member, a photograph, information such as what branch of service they are serving and their rank. She needs the contact information by Wednesday, November 22.

Varnam said, the way it will work, is once she receives the recorded message from the soldier, it will be compiled into a video along with messages from other soldiers. The messages will be set to the music of Karen Carpenter’s “Merry Christmas Darling.”

Varnam said the Love Grove Puppet Team will also perform along with the Clark’s Chapel AME Zion Church’s Choir and Dance team. Tar Heel Baptist Church’s Adult Choir, Praise Team, and Children’s Choir will also perform.

She said there will also be a Remembrance Tree for those who have passed away in Tar Heel.

For more information or to submit your contact information, email Ginnie Varnam at

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