One blessing of life in the Southern Union is the weather warm enough in February to plan a block party for the community. This year, Emanuel Church members in Albany, Ga., hosted a community block party in honor of Black History Month. The event also served as a kick-off to the evangelistic season. The event was widely advertised, as the members collaborated with the local business league for their list of black history celebrations.
The day of the party was set to be warm, but the forecast called for rain, so the members started praying. God held back the rain and even allowed the sun to shine in defiance of the forecast that never changed. The event went on without a hitch, as the street near the church was blocked off and the parking lot began to fill up.
The evening consisted of bouncy houses, free food for the children, a jousting game, food venders, face painting, free haircuts, gifts, entertainment, and a Black History trivia game, and the fire department brought a truck for the young people to check out.
It was a night to remember as the Albany State University gospel choir lifted their voices, which rang through the streets, and local artists mimed, rapped, and sang. The former Miss Oakwood and current Miss Black Georgia, Courtney Buckhanon, was present to sing and share her testimony of standing up for the Sabbath.
The highlight was chaplain Jason Scott, stage name Fisherman, who used Christian Reggae to excite and inspire the crowd. His performance ended with a heartfelt appeal where many came forward to give their hearts to Jesus.
Joshua Nelson, pastor of Emanuel, hopes to continue doing events geared toward reaching the community directly by going outside the church walls. The block party was one of many events and initiatives planned to make Emanuel’s presence known in the community. Emanuel members desire to be known as a community-focused, friendly church that brings hope to the city.
South Atlantic | May 2018