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May 4, 2012

Catch a movie in the park this weekend

“Courageous” to be screened at dusk Saturday in Foster Park.

A group of people from a local church are presenting a night of family fun Saturday, including a free screening of the movie “Courageous” in Foster Park.

The park will be buzzing with music, food and fun, kicking off with the sounds of the Oakbrook Band at 7 p.m. and movie screening at dusk. And come hungry, said Robyn Whaley, one of the event’s organizers. There will be free popcorn and soft drinks, and elephant ears available for purchase. Whaley said people should bring blankets and chairs.

The 2011 movie tells the story of law enforcement officers Adam Mitchell and Nathan Hayes and their challenges as fathers. The Christian drama is produced by Sherwood Pictures, the same company that turned out such films as “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.”

“In the movie, it talks about these dads wanting to be more than just average dads and raise their kids the way God wants them to be raised,” Whaley said.

Saturday’s event will offer families the same chance — with a resolution that parents can sign that will be witnessed by clergy from the area. Members of local military and law enforcement will also be honored at the gathering.

A group of 16 from Whaley’s small group decided to present the movie after a challenge from a recent series at their church asking them to live out their beliefs.

“Marriages are so broken in our families and society today,” she said. “I think that’s something that God values and we as a society are devaluing it.”

This evening, she said, is her group’s way of giving back.

“I think people need to be inspired by, or they need to see that marriage is important and it’s not something that we should take for granted,” she said.

For more information, to volunteer or to contribute financially, email josh.whaley@att.net.

• Erin Shultz is the Kokomo Tribune Life & Style editor. She may be reached at 765-454-8587 or erin.shultz@kokomotribune.com.

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