For Worship 360, the praise and worship band at First Baptist Church Oakwood, the goal has always been to bring the community and the rest of the world together.
And that’s what it plans to do at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at The Venue at Friendship Springs, when it hosts a worship night named The Jesus Dream benefiting three ministries in Hall County: Eagle Ranch, Straight Street and Good Samaritan Food Ministry. Tickets are $5 and an offering will be taken during the night. All proceeds will be split among the ministries.
“What we wanted to do with this organization is reach beyond the walls of what one church can do and unite the community together, not trying to be one big church, but being one big community,” said Myles Brown, senior pastor at First Baptist Oakwood. “Just turn love loose, make a difference in Hall County and live the Jesus dream of loving your neighbor as yourself.”
Throughout the night, there will be different performances and speakers to help inspire those in attendance. Each organization benefiting from the event will speak about what they do and how their organization is helping the community and beyond.
Eddie Staub, founder and executive director at Eagle Ranch in Flowery Branch, will be there to talk about the community he built almost 35 years ago and how it has helped countless families since then.
Eagle Ranch is “designed to help make life better for children and families going through a crisis.” The organization provides a home, education and counseling program that addresses behavioral, academic and emotional struggles for children in a “Christ-centered” environment.
“At the very base level, we want to engage people that are there that night in treating people of our community like family,” Brown said. “Loving your neighbor as you love yourself, and raising some serious money for groups that are already showing us how to do that.”
Straight Street, an organization that has three branches of service to the community: Backpack Love, Beautiful Feet and Straight Street Impact, will also share about how it has helped the community and how it serves “those who need it most” by connecting “others to the Gospel of Christ, ultimately transforming lives.”
The Chattahoochee Baptist Association, which operates the Good Samaritan Food Ministry, will share its mission and how it has seen the community’s needs being met through the food it provides. After going through an application process to determine a family’s needs, the association gives out large boxes of food every 45 days.
The families are also “encouraged to visit the food bank during the 45-day period as often as needed to receive breads, sweets, fruits and vegetables, which are freely given.”
“What we looked at was what Jesus understood his mission to be,” Brown said. “And that was to declare good news to the poor, set the captives free and stand up for those that don’t have a voice. So using that as a rubric or a guide, we looked at groups in Hall County that are knocking that out and doing that on a daily basis. And these three groups rose to the top.”
As the night goes on, Brown hopes performances from Worship 360, Mallory Miller and Emily Shorthill will inspire those in attendance to give to these charities. Brown will also speak, encouraging everyone with a message of giving, too.
“These three groups are setting the pace, so we want to benefit them financially and then inspire everyone there that night to make a difference,” Brown said.