By Ray Gurney, pastor of Cross Creek Baptist Church
8th Annual Event
Organizing and pulling off an event is not easy, especially for a small church with an aging congregation. Despite that, Cross Creek held our 8th Annual Car Show on Saturday, September 23rd. God gave us the perfect day; the blue sky and mild temperatures were just what we had prayed for. Classic cars parked on four acres of freshly mowed grass shaded by big trees. Under a big tent, people listened to Bluegrass Music provided by the Wildwood Boys and The Liberty Highway Band, creating the picture of relaxation.
Delicious Food and Games Galore
We smoked 18 pork butts and 16 gallons of beans for the free dinner. Guests consumed more than 220 plates of pulled pork barbecue, smoked beans and homemade desserts. Throughout the event, kids jumped endlessly in the big bounce house, played an array of fun games, and enjoyed snow cones and cotton candy under the watchful eye of adults.
Master Craftsmen Present Their Cars
Some amazing car builders drove their custom cars to Cross Creek, displaying millions of dollars’ worth of cars and their expertise in customizing and restoring vehicles at the show. These master craftsmen take yesterday’s junk and, in many cases, spend years transforming them into prize-winning show cars. Among the entries were Rat Rods and Motorcycles waking up the neighborhood when they cranked them up to leave at dusk. It was a fantastic day to invite our neighborhood to spend an afternoon close to home for the outdoor event.
Each year I’m amazed at the hours Cross Creek members invest to make these events happen just because they love people. We don’t give prizes or have entry fees, but we try our best to see that everyone leaves with their appetites satisfied, memories of beautiful cars in their minds, and a calming spirit in their hearts from the music and fellowship.
This post was originally published in the December 2018 newsletter.