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Mountain Brook Church livens up city of Marioncomment (0)

July 26, 2007

In his book about Alabama Baptists, noted Alabama historian Wayne Flynt urges his fellow Baptists to not let the town of Marion die.

And a group of Mountain Brook Baptists took that advice to heart.

On June 23, 14 adults and 12 children — all members of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, in Birmingham Baptist Association — caravanned to Marion. Their purpose in visiting Perry County, one of the nation’s poorest, was to help keep Marion, the county seat, alive. They pulled trailers full of cotton candy and popcorn machines behind their SUVs and hosted a classic summer lawn party in the tree-lined courthouse lawn.

There they nursed a community easily described as the historical capital of Alabama Baptists with food, fun and fellowship. From 5–7 p.m., they served and ate hotdogs and potato chips in the shade along with 135 Marion residents, including community leaders.

The party was a joint effort with Sowing Seeds of Hope (SSOH), a Baptist Perry County-based ministry.

The event was the first of what Mountain Brook Baptist’s Eugenia Anderson hopes will become an annual event for the church.

“What happened was that the young parents at Mountain Brook Baptist wanted a missions opportunity for themselves and their kids, so we called Frances Ford at Sowing Seeds of Hope,” said Anderson, who graduated from Marion’s Judson College and lived there for 10 years.

Ford, SSOH executive director and Perry County health-care coordinator, suggested the block party. Anderson said it was a top-notch idea.

“They (the children from Mountain Brook Baptist) enjoyed it and the parents felt it was successful,” she said. “That’s exciting, it started something.” (TAB)

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