The final day of Sliced Bread Days events will begin with a first-time event - the Bread of Life Sunrise Service.

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council and Spiritual Wellness Committee at Saint Luke’s Hedrick Medical Center are teaming up to bring the event to The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center, complete with a continental breakfast starting at 7 a.m., followed by a church service from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m., on Sunday, July 7.

The event will feature a message by Pastor Jeff Keck; with music by Kayla and Aubrey Moss; special music by Alyssa Kapp; Mary Lou VanDeventer will lead congregational music with Jamie Pauls as an accompanist.

Jennifer Dixon, director of patient care services for Hedrick Medical Center, chairs the Spiritual Wellness Committee and said this event fits in with the mission of the committee. “The purpose of the committee is to provide excellent pastoral and spiritual care for patients, their loved ones and staff regardless of their faith traditions,” she said. “And to equip, encourage and support community religious leaders to provide pastoral and spiritual care in their communities.”

When thinking of where to host an event like this, VanDeventer , director of the Chillicothe Area Arts Council said one day when she was visiting The Gardens she felt like it was the perfect place.

“It is so beautiful and serene,” she said. “And to be here in the early morning, gathered together, it will be something quite beautiful.”

Construction on the three-acre garden area, called, The Gardens, began in 2017 and was largely completed in May 2018, The garden sits behind the hospital in a once open grassy area bordering the Green Hills Golf Course. Those attending the Sunrise Service should park in regular hospital parking and enter through the main doors of the hospital then make their way to The Gardens.

“This is going to be a beautiful event, i am so excited to be working with the Spiritual Wellness Committee and so excited to share the start of a day with others in The Gardens” VandDeventer said.

While the garden area is free and open to the public, anyone wishing to reserve the entire garden, or parts of it for use solely by their group at the time may do so for a nominal fee. Dixon said The Garden area is available for meetings and other events and those interested should contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8017.