Florence Explores Faith and Its Impact on the Community as the Theme for November’s Bicentennial Celebration

By  | November 5, 2018 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE – Mayor Steve Holt said, “Look around Florence and you are sure to
see a lot of one thing…Churches. In terms of our community, we are a reverent people
and faith and religion have been a leading role in our heritage. With this in mind,
November’s Bicentennial Celebration focuses on Faith. In honor of the Faith theme,
many local churches have prepared tours of their archives.”
Bicentennial Chair Pat Burney says, “The month starts with First Fridays, November 2.
Along with the church events, there will be a WWI display at Pope’s Tavern November
8-10, and then the Veterans Days Ceremony will be at 11:00 a.m., on Monday,
November 12, at the Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park.
To add to the theme and the season, there will be a Community Thanksgiving Service
at the Shoals Theater, at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 18, featuring the Shoals Chamber
Singers and a variety of church representatives presenting a historical report on the
different faiths that settled here.
The month will culminate with the annual Christmas Parade. This year, Downtown
Florence Alliance (formerly Downtown Florence Unlimited and Florence Main Street) is
hosting the 2018 Christmas Bicentennial Parade, which will take place at 7:00 p.m., on
Friday, November 30, in downtown Florence.”

 Friday, November 2, 5:00- 8:00 PM – FIRST FRIDAYS –Downtown Florence
 Friday, November 2, 4:00-6:00 PM – First Presbyterian Church, open archives and church tour
 Sunday, November 4, 2:00-4:00 PM – First Baptist Church, open archives and church tour
 Wednesday, November 7, 5:30 PM – St. Joseph Catholic Church, Evening prayer and supper
 Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10 – WORLD WAR I DISPLAY at Pope’s Tavern for 100th
Anniversary of the end of the War
 Friday, November 9, 3:00-6:00 PM – Temple B’nai Israel, historical exhibit and open house
 Friday, November 9, 7:00 PM – Temple B’nai Israel, Temple service and reception
 Saturday, November 10, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM – Trinity Episcopal, open archives and church tour
 Sunday, November 11, 2:00 PM – “The Beginning of the Churches of Christ in Florence and
Lauderdale County” Presentation by Frank Richey, Old Mars Hill Church of Christ Building
 Monday, November 12, 11:00 AM – VETERANS DAY CEREMONY – Veterans Memorial, Veterans Park
 Saturday, November 17 – Greater St. Paul AME Church, W. C. Handy Birthday & open house
 Sunday, November 18, 2:30-4:30 PM – Community Thanksgiving Service, featuring the Shoals
Chamber Singers and a variety of church representatives presenting a historical report on the
different faiths that settled here – Shoals Theatre
 Friday, November 30, 7:00 PM – BICENTENNIAL CHRISTMAS PARADE – Downtown Florence


Media Release/Sandra Morgan/Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Florence

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