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"The Passion" not subsiding

March 17, 2004

Albany-- The passion over "The Passion of the Christ" movie is not subsiding.

It's been three weeks since the movie was released and already, ticket sales have topped a quarter of a billion dollars.

The movie's influence is evident in South Georgia, "My husband and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandson," are seeing the movie with Ann Harvey.

It's an event not to be missed for this Albany family. They are at the Wynnsong theater to see "The Passion of the Christ." Ann's daughter, Tammy Mackey, says "I'm a little nervous. I have heard a lot of people talk about it. There are so many emotions, I don't know what to expect. But, I'm excited because I want to grow more as a Christian and I believe it will help me to do that."

A movie many people say is strengthening their faith. This church is taking note, "We are holding a class Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the theater for anyone that has questions about it," says Sherwood Baptist Church's Associate Media Pastor Alex Kendrick.

Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany is not only hosting classes about "The Passion", they have a billboard on Philema Road encouraging people to see it.

"Sherwood Baptist is doing a great thing by sitting at the movie theater and trying to help people immediately but then we are here to help them afterwards also," says Mike Bertram.

LifeWay, a Christian bookstore in Albany, is a meeting place for moviegoers--selling everything from books about "The Passion" to lapel pins and necklaces.

Store manager Mike Bertram says enthusiasm for "The Passion" is not dying down, "No. As a matter of fact, I have seen more of it pick up than die down. We have got more people witnessing right here on the sidewalk to people that have gone to the movie."

A movie that is breaking box-office records and creating quite a passion in South Georgia.

Sherwood Baptist Church even sent out 25,000 postcards to people inviting them to see "The Passion of the Christ."

Posted at 4:16 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com