BRADENTON -- Mt. Gilead Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1803 13th St. W., Bradenton, will honor two law enforcement officers in the Bradenton Police Department for service in the district at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The honorees are officer Josh Small and Lt. Brian Theirs.
Three civilian residents are also being honored for commitment to the church and community through the monthly Food Pantry where about 235 people are fed and at least 65 boxes of food distributed to families in need. They are Ezell Dawes Jr., Tina Griffin and James Williams.
Volunteer certificate awards given to an estimated 25 volunteers who have served throughout 2015.
After worship, the entire church body, Federation leader Trudy Farrier and South Eastern Church community services leaders from various churches will go out under the leadership of Pastor Pierre Francois-Pastor of Mt. Gilead and Sister Naidine DeHere-Adams, director of community services at Mt. Gilead, distributing hygiene supply packages and food bags to 50 homeless citizens of Bradenton.
After returning to the church, a special concert will be put on and presentations made to 20 veterans from Veterans Village Transitional Housing Center, 1430 55th Ave. W., Bradenton.
Also, a substantial donation of cooking pots will be presented to Frederick Potter, director of Veterans Village.
The recognition marks the beginning of a ministry initiative started by Sister Naidine DeHere-Adams called the Family Veteran Outreach Ministry. The goal is to form, develop and maintain new bonds, friendships and fellowship in support of our local transitional veterans fostering supportive and encouraging relationships between the members and veterans.