Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rodeo and Western Event (part 1)

When is our rodeo and western event? This event will be held from 1pm-7pm on Sunday, June 24.

Where did the idea of doing a rodeo and western event originate? The idea for this event began when we were asked by CE National to once again be the host church for the Operation Barnabas orientation as we were 2 years ago. Operation Barnabas is a summer ministry training program for teenagers which will bring over 100 ‘cream of the crop’ teenagers and their leaders from all across the country to our church for over 2 weeks of orientation. As we talked, we desired to take advantage of having this ministry minded group with us to partner with us to make an impact on our community and touch more people than ever before in the history of our church. Doug Kegarise, who is our Director of Student Ministries and a former Senior Leader of Operation Barnabas, was given the task of putting together a task force to plan such an event.

What do we hope to accomplish by having this rodeo and western event? Imagine anywhere between 2,000 and 4,000 people from our community, most of whom do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, coming and rubbing shoulders with 1,500 people from Grace Church who are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” That is simply powerful. Imagine the impact we will see over the next 12 months as many of these people from within our community visit or contact Grace Church because we built a bridge to them and their families in such a unique way. Over the next year we expect to see much growth in our church and many people coming to faith in Christ because their first contact with us was this Rodeo and Western Event.

How will this rodeo and western even also impact our Summer Vacation Bible School? Susan Auld, who is our Children’s Director, and Beth Kachel, our Early Childhood Director, have strategically moved our Summer Vacation Bible School up earlier than usual and are using a western ranch theme which will begin the day after the rodeo (June 25) and run all week through June 29. Imagine the hundreds of children who will come back from the rodeo to be part of our Avalanche Ranch Vacation Bible School where they will hear the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Where will this rodeo and western event be held? All of the components of this event will take place on our 12-acre property located across West Lincoln Ave from the church

When exactly will the rodeo take place and what will it include? There will be two rodeos that afternoon. The first rodeo will run from 2pm-3:30pm and the second rodeo will go from 4:30pm-6pm. These rodeos will include events such as Calf Roping; Barrel Racing; Sack Race; Pony Express; Money Maker; Gambler’s Choice; Shute Dogging; Dressage; Mutton Busting; Egg/Spoon Ride; Chicken Catch; Trick Riding and Roping; Bull Riding; Cattle Penning; Pole Bending; Tire Roll; Goat Tying; Rider Dress Up; Reining; Gauntlet; Pig Scramble; and Sand Stand

No comments: