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Baccalaureate Service set for Sunday, May 21

The Pike County Baccalaureate Service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at Oak Hill Baptist Church off Highway 362 in Williamson for all 2017 graduates from the county. All community members are invited to attend to show support for graduates and a message will be delivered by Life Springs Church youth pastor Shane Moore. Special music for the service will be provided by the Oak Hill Praise Team. ’This is the start of commencement week and we hope this service sets the tone for the rest of the week by delivering a message that the graduates will not hear otherwise,’ said Ben Maxedon of Prayer Power of Georgia. ‘This service is the only spiritually encouraging and inspiring service the graduates will have. Our prayer is that what they experience at this service will stay with them during  the rest of their lives.’ Graduates are asked to wear their caps and gowns and arrive by 4:30 p.m. Family and friends can attend the event as well. ’Even though this service is directed mainly toward graduates, it has elements for everyone in the community,’ said Maxedon. ‘By bring the community together for this service we show support for the graduates, but we also try to develop unity between the gradates and the community on a personal and spiritual level.’ Due to legal issues, the school system no longer hosts the Baccalaureate Service but local groups continued the tradition. The event has been sponsored by Prayer Power of Georgia for four years and co-sponsored by Oak Hill Baptist for three years. ’Those involved in planning this service for our graduates are truly committed to reaching these young adults and helping them through the worldly struggles they will encounter during the next few years,’ said Maxedon. ‘We sponsor this service with love and caring for all the graduates.’ To find out more, go to or find them on facebook at Pike Baccalaureate 2017.

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