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Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations
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Action Bash: a Party with a Purpose

What: Evening of fun and entertainment, benefiting Action Ministries Gainesville

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 8

Where: First Baptist Church Gainesville Banquet Hall, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville

How much: Tickets $25 each, available beginning Wednesday

More info: 770-531-0144

It’s not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

Armour referenced the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, who told the Times in April, “Relationship trumps doctrine every time.”

“Rev. Stuart Higginbotham was quoted saying that,” Armour said. “And I think that is really what we’re doing.”

Actions Ministries Gainesville will unite ministers, parishioners and musicians from six of Gainesville’s Christian churches for its inaugural “Action Bash: a Party with a Purpose” at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

“Action Bash is going to be an evening of entertainment, benefiting Actions Ministries Gainesville,” Armour said. “The talent for the evening is going to be provided by members of our different covenant churches.”

Participating churches are First Baptist Gainesville, Gainesville First United Methodist, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Episcopal Church, St. Paul United Methodist and Chicopee United Methodist. Each church will send a handful of people to perform one or two pieces.

“They already support the work we do,” Armour said. “But this is bringing them together under one roof. We’re calling it ‘a party with a purpose,’ and I think it’s really a neat thing because we’re not focusing on doctrine. We’re focusing on relationships.”

According to Armour, Action Ministries addresses the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger, housing and education. Headquartered in Atlanta, Action Ministries’ Gainesville office addresses hunger with its “Smart Lunch, Smart Kid” summer feeding program and the “Feed the Hungry” food box distribution to clients and partner churches.

The nonprofit’s housing initiatives provide clients who qualify with emergency financial assistance to help prevent homelessness, particularly if they are facing eviction or utilities disconnection. Educational opportunities include financial literacy training, computer skills training and parenting courses for clients and partner agencies.

Action Bash will benefit these programs and more through the nonprofit, and tickets are $25 each.

“Tickets will be on sale Wednesday and they will be for sale online as well as at the participating churches and at my office, if anybody wants to come by our office,” Armour said.

The event is open to anyone of any faith, and Armour said it’s a good opportunity for people to visit with friends, neighbors, coworkers and more who may practice their faith in another church.

“I think it is going to be a great, fun evening,” she said. “I am really excited, because I think it’s so neat when we can all come together for the good of our community.”

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