Take Back Christmas event set for Friday

Recently, a group of ministers met at First Assembly of God to organize the first community Take Back Christmas initiative, part of a national program to place greater public focus on the birth of Jesus during the holiday, rather than on secular items, a spokesman said.

Christians are asked to join the initiative at an event Friday at 4 p.m. on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Participants will sing Christian Christmas songs.

Families are asked to bring their children, dress in Christmas colors, if they wish, and join in singing familiar Christmas carols.

Alveda King, niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Day Gardner contacted local pastor, Rev. Jesse C. Turner, to request Pine Bluff Christians join the national initiative.

A local pastor, Rev. Pastor Gary Bell, discussed the issue in a news released.

“Today, the commercialization of Christmas has changed the focus from the real reason for the season, which is the birth of Jesus. Therefore, we call on all Christians in Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas to join with us in the public square,” Bell said.

Another local pastor, Rev. Leon Williams Sr., agreed.

“Certainly, Jesus has been definitely wiped out of television programming, commercials, radio, and magazine ads,” Williams said. “However, it is not up to the non-believers to spread the reason for the season. It is up to Christians.

Details: Call 536-7274.