By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The American Bible Society (ABS) Reception and Dinner was held at the Marco Island Museum Rose Auditorium on November 11th, and was hosted by Charles and Polly Cason. A reception was held in the courtyard with music performed by students Peter Servente and Ryan McCarthy. Military Bibles were available for guests to sign with messages of hope and prayer. These Bibles will be deployed to our troops.
The Corp of Army Cadets, Marco Island Academy and the Civil Air Patrol Cadets posted the colors. Rev. Sue Price, Associate Rector of St. Marks, gave the invocations. Stonewalls restaurant catered the buffet-style dinner.
David Isias of the American Bible Society presented the speaker, COL (ret) Jim Puchy, US Army, who is now the Director of National Ministries of the ABS. He related stories about the gift of the Bibles. “Somebody cared about me when I was down range.” These are not just books, but a transformational resource for the deployed troops. Each Bible features color-coded passages to answer questions and provide hope and positive feelings.
ABS has always provided Bibles in times of war, giving Bibles to both sides during the Civil War. They also translate the Bible into the languages of the people they serve. Military people were recognized with an ABS coin which was presented to each attendee as part of the Veterans’ Day celebration.
The colors were retired and Pastor Carl Kelly gave the benediction. Many people went out to sign more of the Bibles.