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Normally, a 40th anniversary only comes once in a lifetime, but not for White Rock Baptist Church. Though it turned 40 last year, Pastor Chuck McCullough and his congregation decided to extend the festivities and celebrate again this year.
The whole community is invited to a parking lot block party at WRBC from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature games, food, bounce houses and a dunk tank. Members of the Atomic City Corvettes will show their cars and the fire department will bring a fire truck, as well.
“This is the second year that we’re having a party,” McCullough said, “this year we said it’s our second annual 40th anniversary.”
McCullough said that people drive by churches and almost don’t seem them unless they’re associated wit the church and he’s hoping to change that by inviting the community into his church.
“We’re people who are on a faith journey together. It’s about fellowship and exploring how to be Christian,” he said.
McCullough said because the church has so much space, he figured it would be an ideal place for a community event.
The event, which is free to the public, is being funded by WRBC and is estimated to have a price tag of approximately $3,500.
“It’s all funded by the congregation,” McCullough explained. “We budgeted for this a year ago. There are people in our church who give extra gifts.”
Last year’s event drew about 300 people and McCullough is hoping that this year’s event will be just as successful.
A barbecue dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m. and dessert, along with a concert by the Bluegrass band Higher Ground, will be from 6-8 p.m. Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy sno cones and cotton candy. Children can enjoy face painting and balloon tying. Thrill seekers will get a chance to take a wild ride on the orbitron.
McCullough said he’s hoping the event will enlighten the community.
“When you drive by this church, we want you to associate it with life, hope, grace and graciousness,” he said “Through Christ we have hope and life.”
McCullough said if the event this year is successful, he would consider having a party every year.
“It’s an afternoon event. People can just show up and have ice cream. It’s a mini festival, a mini carnival,” he said. “It’s not extensive. We hope families will see it as a nice way to spend the afternoon.”