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First Baptist Concord forms its first marching band
By Jeaneane Payne
November 23, 2010

First Baptist Church Concord formed its first marching band this week and will have its first performance in Hyden, Kentucky's annual Christmas Parade on December 3rd.

The band was formed after church leaders and Big Creek Missions were seeking ways to get word out in the community about a special event they are holding for impoverished people on Saturday, December 4th. Someone from the City of Hyden indicated they were having a Christmas parade the night before and it would be a good opportunity to spread the word among the crowds there.

Another individual from First Baptist Concord suggested forming a marching band from the church to play in the parade. The orchestra director at the church, Tim Paul, announced it at the next practice and 33 people from the orchestra immediately volunteered to be in the marching band. The band will march in the parade, and mission volunteers will hand out hot dogs and fliers to advertise the big event on Saturday.

Big Creek Missions is a ministry in southeast Kentucky that reaches out to many needy families. On December 3, 250 members of the First Baptist Concord choir will perform a Christmas concert and will help distribute a semi-truck full of clothing to people. In addition, the Disaster Relief Team will be feeding BBQ sandwiches to the poor. Free family portraits in front of a Christmas scene will be made for the families. Plans are also underway to attempt to save the town's only hospital which is getting shut down because of economic reasons.

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