By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — A community event with a gospel music theme will be held for the fifth consecutive year later this month.
JC Challenge will be held for the second consecutive year from 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Faith Church of the Nazarene on 42nd Street, behind the Kroger shopping complex.
The outdoor concert is free, and parking is available on the church grounds.
“This is a positive event to unite the churches as an outreach to the community,” said Joey Porter, co-founder of JC Challenge, an acronym for Jesus Christ Challenge.
The event was first held in the Times Square Mall parking lot, and then moved to the Burger King parking lot on Broadway. Last year was the first time it was held at the Nazarene church, with a good crowd in attendance.
“The attendance keeps growing,” Porter noted. “The Nazarene church was a good location for the event. It is a bigger area and gave us an opportunity to relax and enjoy socializing with other Christians.”
Entertainment lined up for this year’s event include the musical groups: Frontline 365, Evangelicals of Church of Christ, Bringing Home, Studio 33 and Assembly of God’s praise team from McLeansboro.
Speakers scheduled to address the audience include: Bryan Bowen, a 14-year-old from Bonnie, Anthony Lash of Mt. Vernon, Tim Sprinkle of Mt. Vernon, and Terry Rechsteiner of Whittington.
Refreshments of taco in a box and bottled water will be provided. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
“This is put together through donations of local people and businesses,” Porter said, adding, “Donations are always welcome.”