Grace Temple Reaches Out to Community

October 20, 2022

FORT WORTH, TEX. – Grace Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted a Community Fest and Car Show on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. The object of the fest was community outreach. We believe that we are not only a church in the community but a church for the community. We registered 125 people from the community with some expressing interest in Bible studies.

The fest was inclusive of prizes, emergency vehicles to explore, backpacks with school supplies (over 100 given), massage therapists (about 50 massages given), a bounce house waterslide, a challenge course, live music, food trucks, novelty vendors and more than 20 business sponsors, making this an event to remember. 

In addition, our food pantry registered individuals for its regularly scheduled free groceries give-out days, the second and fourth Mondays of the month. It also gave on-the-spot services to individuals in need of immediate food. Medical personnel provided health screenings, including blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, with private consultations available, and vision exams were performed, as well as free prescriptions for eyeglasses. The main attraction for this year’s Community Fest was the car show spearheaded by Helvis Moody, Southwestern Union young adult and youth director, and Cliff Sparks. 

Thanks to our visionary shepherd, Cedric Belcher, M.Div., D.Min., and our event coordinators, Cherri Wright and Sandra Manning, for successfully leading out. Special thanks to all our volunteers, our iTouch Coordinator Johnny McKenzie and our Conference President Carlton P. Byrd, D.Min., who supported the event in person.

Lastly, there was approximately an 80 percent chance of rain on event day, but God heard our prayers and held the rain back. It rained all around the church area, but we managed to get through the event with slight inclement weather interruptions. God can do anything when His people serve their communities!

By Toia Russell and Sandra Manning