by Lisa Tome
When you plan a date night, your first thought probably isn't heading to church.
Steve Schappert, associate pastor at Grace Bible Chapel, would like to change your mind about that.
On Friday, March 18, the church, on Biggs Highway near Rising Sun, will host a couple's date night. The free community event will feature a movie and a dessert social.
The movie, "The War Room" will be shown on the big screen at the church. Schappert said it imitates a theater atmosphere. But the movie message is what is important.
"The movie emphasizes the importance of prayer in our lives in practical ways. It's about a family relationship," said Pastor Schappert.
If you're expecting a high pressure sales pitch to get you to church, Pastor Schappert said that is not the goal. "There will be no high pressure or low pressure. This is just a wonderful movie with a great message. If you just get the message you will walk away a better person," said Schappert.
He said the church chose the movie as a way to promote prayer. "We want people to think about their daily prayer life," he said.
If the date night is a success, the church will hold them again sporadically. "We will do it if it will benefit people," he said.
And although the event is technically, a date night, he said people are welcome to bring older children along if they think their children would enjoy the movie.
In other business from Grace Bible Chapel:
Four people from the church recently went to Burkina Faso, in West Africa, for a missions trip. Gloria Scott has served as a missionary to that area for many years and has helped translate The New Testament into their language. Gloria Scott, Bill Scott, Joe Krummel, and Pastor Wayne Heffelfinger were the participants.