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Messages displayed on church signs in Selma serve different purposes. Some offer words of encouragement, while others are simply used to spread the word about upcommng events. -- Alison McFerrin

Messages inform and inspire

Published 7:27pm Friday, June 10, 2011

By Alison McFerrin

The Selma Times-Journal

When it comes to religion, many folks are looking for a sign, and some religious groups today are set to give the people what they want.

“The best vitamin for a Christian is B1,” was a past message on Crosspoint Christian Church’s sign. John Schmitt, Crosspoint Christian Church administrator, said their signs are all about outreach.

“Rather than just drive by and see a building, by seeing the sign outside … the building is basically saying something,” Schmitt said. “Crosspoint Christian Church is all about the community.”

Dr. Kenny Hatcher at Northside Baptist Church also cited enlightening the public as their purpose.

“There’s a lot of traffic that comes in and out of town on our end,” Hatcher said. “I hope that it’s informative for the rest of the community.”

Hatcher said they have used their sign to advertise a singing and a blood drive, most recently.

There are different schools of thought when it comes to what to put on the signs.

“If we don’t have an event coming up, then we have about three or four or maybe five church members who are always up for ideas,” Schmitt said. Their current sign is an announcement about summer camp, but past sayings have included, ‘Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings’ and ‘Try our Sundays — they’re better than Baskin Robbins.’

“Usually it’s Christ-oriented,” Schmitt said.

Hatcher said they will on occasion put up sayings or verses, but, “usually there’s so many things going on, about all we have time for is events that are upcoming.”

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