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Newark Church Co-Sponsors Community Health Fair
By Beth Michaels
“The health fair was great!” reports Linda Brown, Ohio Conference’s Newark church Health Evangelism leader. She’s referring to the "In Step for Life" Community Health Fair her church recently co-sponsored at the nearby Licking County Family YMCA.
“We prayed before the event that God would send those He wanted to be there,” adds Brown. “I learned a valuable lesson: When you leave planning to the Lord, He works things according to His plans.”
And His plans were obviously for greatness. A total of 185 attended the fair, including 60 children who spent the entire evening enjoying the inflatable obstacle course and face painting. They also visited the Kids' Corner where the church had a booth promoting Children's Ministries and Pathfinders and a drawing for three prizes, “which I know for a fact the parents appreciated,” says Brown.
Two attendees even went beyond seeking improved health by attending Pastor Tom Hughes’ "Ask a Pastor" booth. They received a 10-minute Bible study, his business card, and an invitation to visit the Newark church “to taste and see.”
Plus, the 58 attendees who registered for the grand door prize also agreed to be placed on the church's mailing list. “Those people will be prayed over and invited to the seminars that our Health Evangelism team are planning,” adds Brown. The first upcoming eight-week seminar will be on grief support.
The Ohio Adventist Book Center had a booth where ladies organized and distributed vegetarian food samples and recipes. They reported that many people were surprised at the tastiness of the food. Other vendors included the local Red Cross, the Newark Fire Department with a hook and ladder truck on display, and Hospice of Central Ohio. Also, Interim Healthcare provided free blood pressures and Licking Memorial Hospital provided free diabetic screenings. Even the local chapter of the Sweet Adelines—a female barbershop-style chorus—serenaded attendees throughout the evening.
No attendee left the fair empty handed. Goody bags—with the church’s name printed on it—included a copy of Happiness Digest, a booklet about Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, a flier about the Newark church, and a piece of nut bread with a memory verse and the reasons why small schools are good shared by the Newark Elementary School.