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Glenville Church Block Party Attracts 400 Neighbors

Story by Tammy F. Whitson; Photos by Michael Cannon
Published 9/6/11

Members of the Glenville church in Cleveland took “service” out of the building and into the neighborhood! Before the Forty 4 Family Back to School Block Party officially started at 10 a.m., there were tens of people waiting to be served. By noon there were some 400 attendees enjoying the inspirational message by Pastor MyRon Edmonds, songs of praise and a performance by the Pathfinder Superstar Drum & Flag Corps. There were health screenings, free food, entertainment and drawings for a free iPad and laptop. By event’s end, members also distributed more than 350 backpacks full of school supplies and 100 vouchers for school uniforms.

Councilman Jeffrey Johnson (Ward 8) showed his support of the event and later commended the congregation for a job well done. Honey Bell-Bey of the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program also attended and said she thought it was the best and most organized event of its kind.

The block party is just one part of the church’s Forty 4 Family Enrichment Series themed “Healing and Hope for Families.” Every Wednesday evening and during three sessions each Sabbath for 40 days, guest speakers touch on family conflict resolution, forgiveness, parenting, dating, empowering teenagers, blended families, breaking dysfunctional family cycles and other important topics.

"The purpose of this 40 days for family revival is to start a movement of household family worship,” explains Pastor Edmonds. For more details and to see more photos, visit the church’s Facebook page.