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Hillabee Church says spring fling a successcomment (0)

May 28, 2009

The scent of hotdogs and hamburgers wasn’t the only thing in the air at Hillabee Baptist Church, Alexander City.

There was a sense of success, of community — the feeling that some folks who were there probably never would have been there were it not for the food and the fun and especially the car show.

On April 25, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. or so, the Tallapoosa Baptist Association congregation held a spring fling on the church grounds. More than 200 people were in attendance.

The event was conceived and planned by 71-year-old Betty Jo Nolen, a member of Hillabee Baptist since 1981 and church hostess/chairman of fellowship ministries since just after that.

She got the idea from the Lord, she said.

“Well, every month we usually have something,” Nolen said. “And after the Valentine’s Day banquet, we said, ‘Well what are we going to have?’ I said, ‘Well, a spring fling.’ But I said we’ve got to have a lot of things for people to do, not just come and cook out and eat.”

So she hit the phones.

“I started calling people about train rides for the children,” she said. “Then I said we need to have something for the older folks.”

That’s where the cake walk comes in. And the horse and buggy.

The car show, though — antiques all the way up to hot-rods — was Vince Lee’s idea.

“It was more of a cruise-in,” said Lee, Hillabee Baptist’s pastor since 2006. “There were people who would not typically show up to hear a preacher preach, but they were there and we were able to present them with a gospel message, not only in the way we acted and treated them, but because of car-themed tracts we handed out from the Alabama state evangelism department.”

Nolen hopes she’ll see the same thing next year, and more of it.

“It’s probably going to be an annual thing,” she said. “We’ll do it next year and we’ll have more things and it’ll be more involved. Everything we do at Hillabee Baptist Church is to reach someone for Jesus Christ.” (TAB)

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