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September shaping up as super for church
Speaker series replaces family fest
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Forsyth County News

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First Baptist Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive, will hold Super September, a four-Sunday speaker and event series, beginning this Sunday and running through Sept. 30. For the complete schedule, visit

A local church will hold a four-week speaker series in lieu of a county-wide family festival this month.

For the past three years, First Baptist Cumming and several other churches had held the Forsyth Family Fest, a large countywide event featuring speakers and musical acts at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Last year’s fest, which focused on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, drew about 10,000 people.

Pastor Bob Jolly of First Baptist Cumming said church leaders decided on a new path this year.

“We did [Family Fest] three years in a row and this year we’re going to do something different,” he said. “I just felt like we needed to try something different for our church this year. But if we get enough interest in the future, we may bring Family Fest back.”

Jolly said First Baptist will instead hold a four-week series of special speakers and events called Super September on the church campus.

The program kicks off this Sunday with Mark Cahill, author of the book “The One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven.”

Jolly said Cahill will speak at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services, along with special music by Phil Rogers.

“Mark will then come back that afternoon for a special presentation on how to talk to your friends about Jesus,” Jolly said.

On Sept. 16, Kidz Blitz Live will perform during the 6 p.m. service.

“They’re a highly energetic group that inspires and motivates, as well as entertaining children in program that includes the parents,” Jolly said.

A survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be the featured speaker at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services on Sept. 23.

Jolly said Sujo John immigrated from India and got married not long before the attacks. He worked in one of the World Trade Center towers, while his wife worked in the other.

“He was at his desk and he e-mailed a friend that morning and said, ‘I’m in my dream job, have my dream wife, and life couldn’t be any better. I never dreamed I’d have all this coming from India, but I think God has something else planned for me,’” Jolly said. “Of course a little later, the plane hit the tower.”

Both he and his wife survived the attacks after hours of thinking the other was dead.

“Sujo is now an evangelist and he travels the country and the world telling people about Christ,” Jolly said.

Also on Sept. 23, Canton Jones will provide music at both morning services.

“With Sujo we have one of the favorite guys we had at Family Fest, Canton Jones,” Jolly said. “He’s from Atlanta and he’s a hip hop gospel artist and a just a great guy.”

The Super September events will end with Celebration Day on Sept. 30, in which Jolly said many will be baptized.

All the Super September events are free and open to the public.