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Metter to host celebration in honor of Dr. Michael Guido's 50 years of evangelism
Michael Guido imparts some wisdom from the "Sower" while addressing the Statesboro Kiwanis Club Thursday. Guido is celebrating fifty years in his ministry. See Lifestyle section in Sunday's Herald for coverage of Guido's speech at Kiwanis Thursday, as well as a tribute to his ministry. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Governor Sonny Perdue will be a special guest this weekend as the City of Metter shows appreciation and honor for Dr. Michael Guido, who is celebrating 50 years of evangelism in the area.
    Guido, 92, began his mission in 1957 and has grown to be an internationally recognized personality. Today, his "Seeds from the Sower" ministry reaches over 200 million people worldwide, including many from the armed forces.
    Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, a variety of activities and programs will be available in Metter as the city honors and celebrates Guido's ministry.
    A community celebration Saturday is Guido's way of thanking those who have embraced his ministry and who have shown support. The Guido family and the staff of Guido Evangelistic Association  will host a special celebration from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Saturday, featuring entertainment and children's activities provided by the Dixie Guards, Sons of Confederate Veterans, including bounce houses and slides.
    Featured entertainers for the morning include the Street Ministry of Open
Door Worship Center; the Cedar Street Praise Team and Boys Quartet;  Just
Rejoice, the Believer’s Center Choir of Statesboro; puppeteer Michael Dant and puppeteer Billy Holloway, who will share ‘Seeds from the Sower’ with his famous “Michael Guido” puppet.
     Additionally, friends and family can tour the Gardens, including the Empty
Tomb and the Carpenter’s Shop, along with the Prayer Chapel, and can visit the warehouse, where a museum/tribute will be set up. Here, family and friends can learn about the mission of the Guido Ministry and about the Association's development, including its radio, television and print outreach programs.
    A number of local churches will set up tents at the Gardens as well, offering literature and information about their church and answering  questions.
    The celebration will conclude with a hot dog dinner, provided by
Randy Nesmith of RJ’s Steakery in Statesboro, as well as soft drinks and water provided courtesy of Coca Cola.
    The celebration is open to the public and is free of charge.
    Perdue is expected to attend Sunday's celebration, where  guests will gather for an afternoon of praise and worship at 3 p.m. under a 2000-man tent provided by Ranco of Statesboro.
      Performers will include The Encouragers, the LeFevre
Quartet, Archie Jordan and Chris and Cindy Hess.  Along with Perdue, speakers will include local television celebrity Sonny Dixon and Mayor Billy
Trapnell, along with other supporters of the ministry.
    Guido, will give the afternoon’s sermon before the installation of his younger brother and successor to the ministry, Dr. Larry Guido.
     Refreshments will be served following Sunday’s service. For more information, call the Studio at 912-685-2222.
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