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Four Community Churches and a Theatre Sing for the Poor
Thanksgiving Community Food Collection Unites through Song
By Danica Low
On Saturday, November 12, the halls of True Deliverance Church in Bealeton will be filled. And some may say with an unlikely crowd.
How often do Pentecostals, Baptists, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalians, and the secular community get together for one community purpose?
“Not often enough,” says Pastor T. Tyronne Champion, of True Deliverance Church of God. “But I am so glad we are now.”
The purpose of this event is layered. First, it is to collect canned goods and gift cards for the poor to purchase turkeys at Thanksgiving for their families. Donations of canned food or gift cards are suggested for entry and the food will be distributed to the poor in the coming weeks, by Community Touch, Inc. – a non-profit organization birthed out of True Deliverance Church.
Second, the event will gather together churches and Christian groups from Bealeton, Warrenton, Opal, Vint Hill, and other parts of Fauquier, and unite them in their common Christian beliefs and desire to serve the community – through music. Together, they will spend an evening of song to worship one God, and to entertain the community which they all strive to serve.
“A church needs to be an encouragement station,” says Pastor Bob Gordon, of Bealeton Baptist Church. “We are encouraging and developing a core group of people to go out and reach our community.” This is a model he hopes all churches use to some capacity.
Saturday’s music, will be provided by the choirs from Saint James Episcopal Church, St. Patrick’s Orthodox Church, True Deliverance Church of God, Bealeton Baptist Church, and a secular community with the Fauquier Community Theater, and is promised to be a treat to the ears. These choirs individually perform, compete or lead worship throughout the year at their own churches or choir gatherings.
The Saint James Episcopal Church’s choirs consist of an adult and a children’s choir, as well as a hand bell group. The Bealeton Baptist Church has a praise and worship band with a contemporary style and performs covers of songs you may recognize from Christian radio.
Fauquier Community Theater will bring singers cast in its 2016 Christmas show. True Deliverance choir offers a gospel sound, and St. Patrick’s Orthodox choir sings classical, hymnal reflections. The diversity in sound will be great and the purpose of mission on Saturday will be common. Feeding Fauquier’s hungry and bringing the community together for music is the goal.
Bealeton Baptist Church has a slogan: Sharing and caring in Southern Fauquier County. Pastor Bob Gordon explains, “We are all this together, to help meet the needs of the people in the community, for God to use us according to His will, where He calls us. It’s great that so many churches in Southern Fauquier are working together.”
Pastor Bob shares that this style of comradery and one mission focus among churches in the southern parts of Fauquier we are seeing through Saturday’s event is not as uncommon as we may think. In fact, as one example, the Church of the Brethren and the Baptists have been working together in Southern Fauquier on specific outreach efforts for a while.
He says it is not uncommon for Pastors of Christian Protestant churches in Warrenton and Bealeton to gather together over coffee or breakfast every few weeks or months, depending on the season, to support, encourage and of course pray for each other and their churches. More on this to come.
Feed the Hungry
“Help us feed the hungry this Thanksgiving season!” reads Community Touch’s flyer for Saturday’s event. This “Annual Gospel Food Festival” is open to all and the community of Fauquier and surrounding areas are invited to attend.
Pastor Champion says, “This event is aimed at bringing the community together to serve the community together.”
In a region of the county known for its heavy pockets of poverty, the Bealeton-based non-profit, Community Touch, Inc., is well positioned to reach those in need. One of its ministries is a temporary housing shelter for the homeless, and another is a food pantry for those in need.
Pastor Champion and his wife, Felicia Champion, are the Executive and Program Directors of Community Touch. He says, “With the food collected during Saturday’s event, we hope to be well positioned to feed hundreds in Fauquier. Last year’s collection was wildly successful. We look forward to the generosity of the community helping us reach this goal. Come on out and enjoy the music and fellowship with us!”
Called to Share
Father Patrick Cardine of St. Patrick’s Orthodox Church says, “We are so grateful to Community Touch for organizing this event and all the good work they do for the needy in our local community. It is a great honor and joy for us to participate with the other churches in this important ministry. If we love God we will certainly love our brother and none more than those in need.”
The event begins at 6:00pm on the grounds of True Deliverance Church, 10499 Jericho Road, Bealeton. The entry fee is canned food, gift certificates for the purchase of turkeys, or other non-perishable Thanksgiving meal foods. All ages are welcome to enjoy the evening of community, worship and music.