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Youth ministry fireworks show is Saturday night

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

New Covenant Worship Center Youth Ministry is bringing its annual 4th of July celebration to Memorial Park on Saturday. 

The community event is about celebrating Independence Day while also giving the high school teens a chance to serve others.

“This is our seventh annual fireworks with the youth. It started as backyard fireworks fun and BBQ with just our youth group,” said Sarah Hughes, one of the youth ministry leaders. “The past several years, we have opened it up to the entire church and community at New Covenant Worship Center parking lot.”

The New Covenant Youth Ministry team realized last year they had outgrown their parking lot, so they are bringing the fun to Memorial Park’s soccer fields along Ind. 3.

The free celebration is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone who attends will be given a meal ticket that will get them one free hotdog or hamburger, a bag of chips, a bottle of water and a free small shaved ice from the Tropical Shaved Ice truck. Food and shaved ice will be available while supplies last.

There will also be music from a local DJ.

Teens from New Covenant will serve the meals. Brian Hughes, another one of the youth leaders, and his son, Cole, one of the teens, will put on the fireworks display at 10 p.m.

The fireworks display is also giving the youth ministry a chance to highlight the Greek word “dunamis” for the teens.

New Covenant Worship Center Pastor Eric Haler gave a sermon on Dunamis Power and the teens really liked the idea.

The word is used several times in the New Testament and even makes an appearance on Saturday’s event flyer.

When the “dunamis” appears in Biblical texts in the ancient Greek, it is always associated with power that comes from God, rather than from within man.

“Dunamis means ‘Power of God,’ specifically used in the Bible as the healing power of God,” Sarah Hughes said. “We believe that everybody is given that power. When you become a Christian, that is a gift that is given to you.”