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Local church plans “cross over” outreach

One local church is looking to reach out to many different cross sections of the community by hosting a weekend event that features activities for all ages and interests.

Calvary Baptist Church in Russellville will be hosting “Cross-Over Russellville 2012” the weekend of October 5 and 6.

The weekend’s events include a three-man scramble golf tournament, a 70-mile motorcycle ride, a car show and a special hunter’s expo that will feature dinner and entertainment.

Dr. Wade Wallace, pastor at Calvary, said the event is something church members have tossed around for a couple of years now and they’re excited to finally have the plans coming together to make the event a reality.

“We have had the hunting expo in the past and we’ve had a crowd of about 300 show up for it, but we started thinking that not everyone enjoys hunting and there were probably people we could reach out to if we had other activities, too,” Wallace said. “That was sort of the purpose of holding the event over one weekend instead of spreading the activities out – if someone doesn’t like hunting, they could participate in the golf tournament. If someone doesn’t like golf, they can go to the car show or participate in the motorcycle ride.

“Hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

Wallace said the purpose behind the weekend is simply to reach out to the community.

“The Southern Baptist Convention has an event similar to this and it always seems to go over well,” Wallace said. “Basically we just want to provide a weekend of activities that give opportunities for good, clean fun. And hopefully we’ll show the people who come to the event that you can still have a good time and love the Lord. The two things don’t have to be separate.”

Wallace said there were entry fees associated with the golf tournament, the motorcycle ride, and the car show. Tickets would also be sold for admission to the hunter’s expo and dinner.

“All the money we raise from the entry fees and ticket sales will go to benefit the Faith Mission in downtown Russellville,” Wallace said. “The Faith Mission is responsible for getting food, clothing and other items to people in the community who need them.

“The Faith Mission is something our church supports and we have several members who volunteer there.

“It takes money and resources to run a place like this, so we hope that while we’re enjoying all these different events, we’ll also be raising money for a good cause.”

The Cross-Over Russellville 2012 weekend will kick-off with the three-man scramble golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 5, at Twin Pines Country Club with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee per team is $120 and includes green and cart fees as well as lunch. Prizes will be awarded.

The weekend continues on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 a.m. with the motorcycle ride and car show.

Participants in the motorcycle ride will meet at Calvary Baptist Church on U.S. 43 to begin the 70-mile ride that will begin and end at the church. Entry fee is $25 and $10 for any additional riders. The event features giveaways, awards, live music and lunch.

The car show kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Calvary as well. Entry fee is $25 per car and prizes will be awarded for multiple categories.

The weekend concludes Saturday evening with the hunter’s expo and dinner at the A.W. Todd Centre in downtown Russellville. Admission is $10. Doors will open at 4 p.m., a turkey calling contest will start at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Door prizes will also be given throughout the evening.

To register for any of these events, visit www.discovercalvary.com or call 256-332-2804. Those participating in the motorcycle ride will receive a free ride shirt if registered by Sept. 28.

Tickets for the hunter’s expo can be purchased by calling 256-332-2804.