More than 20 churches, along with droves of their respective parishioners and the general public attended Real Hope 2012 last Saturday at the Macon County Fairgrounds, hosted by the Macon County Ministerial Association.
“This is a public outreach of local churches,” said youth pastor Kolodzik, as a local Christian rock band played on stage before a dozen onlookers. “We are here to pull ideas together to help out the community.” He explained that the second annual event strived to demonstrate a sense of cohesion among the churches within the community. More than 60 volunteers from the various churches helped organize the event.
There were free hotdog lunches, haircuts and makeovers, bicycle giveaways, tire and oil changes, and even non-profits such as CareNet and Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center giving away pamphlets about their voluntary services.
“There are no denominational or doctrinal differences,” said volunteer and First Christian Church minister Henry Puckett, of the interchurch initiative. “We are working together to demonstrate a sense of community to the community and to celebrate the body of Christ.”
“We agree on the main points and honor the differences,” added fellow volunteer and reverend Duane Corle, who said that this year’s event mirrored last year’s in the size of turnout and the general purpose. “The people that came got what they needed from it.”