Harmony Christian Church, Georgetown, Ky., attempted to live up to its name Friday night by hosting a drive-in watch party to view a football game between crosstown rivals Scott County High School and Great Crossing High School. Fans of both teams attended.
Last year the game was viewed in-person by 7,000 spectators, but attendance restrictions due to COVID-19 this year meant only two tickets were allotted per each participating student, the News-Graphic reported.
The free drive-in featured livestreaming of the game projected onto a giant inflatable screen set up behind the church. Cars could tune into the local radio broadcast of the game. The event featured food trucks, giveaways, and free Kona ice.
Georgetown/Scott County Parks and Recreation teamed up with the church for the event, along with help from Georgetown Community Hospital and Scott County Schools.
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Nathan Gordon, youth pastor with Compassion Christian Church, Delaware, Ohio, spearheaded a plan to launch Delaware Learning Extension Centers to provide spaces with free WiFi access for student online learning in the community. Gordon suggested the idea to Ruchelle Pride, president of the Second Ward Community Initiative, and together they partnered to make the centers a reality.
“I have a lot of connections in the church, so I approached the churches, and she has a lot of connections with nonprofits and businesses that are geared towards helping the community, so she reached out to them,” Gordon told the Delaware Gazette. “We ended up with seven locations, but we currently have nine organizations partnering to make the seven locations possible.”
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Dallas Christian College officially turned 70 years old on Sept. 12. The school held a virtual birthday party Sept. 14.
Dr. Mark Hahlen, chair of the Bible Department, shared an online history presentation about Vernon Newland and major factors that led Newland to found DCC. In the video, available here, Hahlen said, “The story of DCC began on another college campus in another large city.” (That college campus and city were in the Philippines during World War II.)
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A teenager with an extremely rare combination of illnesses that progressed to cause bone marrow failure underwent a stem cell bone marrow transplant Friday, largely thanks to her 12-year-old donor brother.
Rylee Schroeder, 17, a Neosha (Mo.) High School senior, had been dealing with symptoms that included shortness of breath, nosebleeds, and fatigue, according to the Joplin (Mo.) Globe. Colin Schroeder provided stem cell bone marrow for the procedure, which took place at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo.
Rylee’s mother, Megan Schroeder, said the family has been relying on their faith and the support of their church—Racine Christian Church—and friends in the community to get them through the difficult days.
“We are lucky to have a great church and thankful Sunday [services] are online on Facebook,” Megan Schroeder told the Globe. “We may not be there, but we still feel a part of it, and they are always ready to lift us up.”
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In the midst of dealing with smoke related to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, High Lakes Christian Church, La Pine, Ore., recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for an addition to their existing facility. The addition will be a 6,000-square-foot multiuse space that will include a basketball court, padded chairs, and improved sound and lighting. The addition is envisioned as a space the church can share with the community throughout the week. It will also allow the church to revamp its old auditorium, add a foyer, and expand restrooms.
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Over the weekend, Christian Financial Resources CEO Darren Key presented a $10,000 check to Ben Cachiaras, lead pastor of Mountain Christian Church in Maryland, in recognition of $10 million in CFR investments from the congregation. CFR is a church extension fund that accepts investments from individuals so it can loan money to churches for construction and improvement projects.
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Manhattan (Kan.) Christian College will host its 18th annual Free Leadership Breakfast for community business leaders at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Howie’s Activity Center. Featured speaker Tony English of Frontier Farm Credit will speak on “Leadership at the Speed of Trust.”
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NewThing is offering a five-week cohort called “Mobilizing for Multiplication During a Pandemic” that begins Oct. 6 and continues the next four Tuesdays. The faculty will include Dave Ferguson, Rob Wegner, Alan Hirsch, and Steve Addison. Cost is $50. Space is limited. Learn more and register at www.newthing.org/event/m4m.
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The Johnson City (Tenn.) Press wrote an entertaining feature story about Bill Robinson, now in his 12th season as men’s basketball coach at Milligan University. The coach’s “outlet,” according to the article, is fishing.
“I have poles in my trunk right now,” he told the Press. “There’s always one handy because I can go fishing here on campus in Buffalo Creek in 10 minutes. Will [Robinson] is my assistant and I’ll tell him I’m taking a walk . . . and he’ll say, ‘Hope ya catch something.’”
During his time with the Buffaloes, Robinson’s teams have finished in the top half of the Appalachian Athletic Conference eight times and made it to the NAIA National Championship Tournament twice.
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