How did you observe Memorial Day? In the midst of potlucks and parades, we are reminded that the freedom to enjoy these things, to enjoy so many things, has not come without great sacrifice. We must never forget to be grateful for our freedom, and for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect that freedom. We pray that God will bless each of you serving in the military now, as well as your families, and we hope that all of you who are veterans know how grateful so many of us are.

Some of you may have lost someone close to you who gave his or her life in military service, and we would love to hear about them if you would like to share. To let us know about your loved one and what his or her selfless act means to you, please click here.

A thought from the Word...

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

We were sad to hear about the death of Monroe Hopper, a founding member of the Hoppers (formerly known as the Hopper Brothers). He sang bass with his brothers Claude, Will and Steve beginning in 1957, and they were joined by Connie Shelton (Hopper) in 1958. Please pray for the Hopper family as they mourn this loss, and you can read more about it here.
Taking center stage in our SocialCam picks this week are Homecoming Friends Ken Davis, with part of his hilarious appearance at Gaither Family Fest this past weekend; the Nelons, performing a beautiful Lari Goss arrangement; the Martins' smooth harmonies on "It is Well with My Soul"; and Karen Peck Gooch, giving us a glimpse inside the recent "Women of Homecoming" taping. To see all the fun, just click here!
One of the central messages shared by ever-encouraging author, speaker and Homecoming Friend Andy Andrews is that every one of us can make a difference in the world. As we know, our brave military men are often called to make hard decisions, and Andy recounts one of those occasions here. In this video, Andy shares the story of brave Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, whose courage made a huge impact during the Civil War.
Every year, Gloria hosts Fall Fest in the Gaithers' hometown of Alexandria, Indiana. This year's celebration takes place October 4-6 and features great food, craft vendors and music by artists including Guy Penrod, the Nelons, Jeff & Sheri Easter and many more! Click to see a video invitation directly from Gloria.