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Law enforcement to be honored at movie showing

March 30, 2012

The Punxsutawney Christian & Missionary Alliance Church is sponsoring a free showing of the movie “Courageous” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church's Family Life Center on Alliance Drive. The church has invited area law enforcement officials to attend the movie as a way to honor them for their service. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Christian and Missionary Alliance Church is offering a free showing of the movie “Courageous” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church's Family Life Center.

"Our purpose for showing the “Courageous” movie started out as an in-church fund-raiser for our youth group and its trip to LIFE 2013 in St. Louis, Mo.," said Melanie McBee, one of the event organizers, along with Mary Hoover and Connie Neal.

Mary Hoover, Children's Ministry coordinator and mother of a youth group teen, said they selected the movie because of its positive family portrayal and exciting high- action scenes faced by families today.

Hoover said Alliance Church Pastor John Buchmann decided to invite the whole community to the showing.

McBee said the committee invited one of their church members, retired state police Cpl. Tom Bush, to give them input on the movie and, since it's about police officers, see what could be done to invite the members of area police departments to see the movie themselves.

“Tom (Bush) said the church should not just invite area police officers to come and see the movie, but honor them at the same time,” McBee said, adding that Bush gave them 55 names to start with of officers to invite.
"We never could have done this without his assistance," she said. "Bush suggested they invite state, local, dispatchers and undercover police officers.

McBee said the church is happy to recognize the men and women who everyday put their lives on the line.

"Police officers’ jobs are very stressful, and it trickles down into their family life," McBee said.

According to the “Courageous” Web site: "The movie is about four men, one calling: To serve and protect.

‘As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused.

"Yet, at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle ­— fatherhood.

“While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads,” the Web site read.

McBee said the committee decided to thank the police workers with a card that contained a personal invitation to the movie and a small token of the church's appreciation.

"We want to afford all families who wish to see the movie an opportunity to do so, therefore, our youth teens will be offering free nursery care," McBee said, adding that there will be snacks available.

She said the movie is rated PG-13 and is free and open to the public, but might not be suitable for younger children.

A free will offering will be accepted, and all proceeds will go to benefit the 2013 LIFE fund, McBee said.

For more information, call the church at 938-8505.

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