Hanceville Civitans honor county’s clergy

Hanceville Civitan President Rev. James Fields at the Clergy Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Hanceville Civitan Club hosted its 2023 Clergy Appreciation Luncheon at Hanceville Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The luncheon was attended by members of the club and representatives from the local churches and organizations. Honorable Patti Dean opened with a warm welcome to everyone in attendance. Dr. Nancy Horton led all in the Pledge of Allegiance and Brenda Carter read the Civitan Creed. To begin the meal, Robert Lindsey from Mt. Zion Methodist Church gave an inspiring invocation before the feast began. 

Hanceville Civitan President Rev. James Fields thanked the attendees and organizers of the event and spoke of the importance of understanding and appreciating one another before he introduced the keynote speaker, Paster Lyle Holland from Cullman First United Methodist Church.  

Holland’s talk was the highlight of the event. He spoke about his experience as a minister, shared his story of faith in God and explained the emotional toll that often comes with a call to ministry and how it is offset by the grace of God. 

Everyone present experienced a sense of peace, joy and community as well as an appreciation for the devoted clergy members in the community. The Hanceville Civitan Club is proud to have been able to create such an event that was able to bring people together and celebrate faith, love and understanding.  

The Clergy Appreciation Luncheon was just one example of how the Hanceville Civitan Club works hard to make Hanceville and its surrounding area a better place for all. The club is always looking for new members, and the members are not required to be residents of Hanceville. All are welcome. If you would like to learn more, visit www.facebook.com/hancevillecivitan.