A Local Church Raises Money for Less Fortunate

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The event started many years ago. While food and games are abundant, the purpose behind the festival has always been that much greater.

"And it was geared for youth missions to raise money for their projects as they go around the state serving homes that focus on abused children," said Tom Sikes, pastor at First Christian Church.

Amongst all of the costumes and energy of the children were various games to play. From cake walk, to pie in the face, each game required a ticket. The sale of the tickets goes to local missions.

"And all of the proceeds go outside of the church, out into the community," said Sikes.

Members of First Christian Church said this is their biggest fundraiser of the year. As Bill Autry, the head of the youth at First Christian Church said, the proceeds don't go to just one organization, but to many. "What we do is send the money to different organizations such as The Great River Region, Southern Christian Services, and other local mission projects."

In addition to the ticket sales, there was a silent auction to raise money as well. With items that would appeal to people across the board...

"With artwork, and jewelry, and wood carvings, and tickets to the MSU Riley Center," described Sikes.

Tom Sikes, the Pastor at First Christian Church and other members were enthusiastic about the proceeds they would earn. With a purpose beyond just eating and playing games, the fall festival left those in attendance in good spirits.

"You know it's so rare nowadays for generations to get together. It seems like we're all separated out and here we all gather for fun. So it's a great fall festival," said Sikes.

"Oh this is so much fun. This is what church and family are all about. We've got a great church family here and a lot of visitors. So this is what good family fun is all about," said Autry.

Church members said it's great when their family fun creates that same unity for other households.


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