Highlighting Renaissance Pointe YMCA Block Party

| August 5, 2016
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

This fantastic block party took place last Saturday July 23, and it was so beautiful to see so many in attendance to enjoy all the gifts, food and wonderment—even though it was a very, very hot day.  So at this time, we bring it to you for your enjoyment, reporting on what people were saying as it was happening:

I’m Tabitha Ervin, the executive director here at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA and I think the turnout is great and we’re only an hour into the event.  Last year, we had over 1,500 people and so we’re excited and hopefully we’ll get up to 1,500 or more this year but it’s really hot today and so we’ll see what happens.

“The initial partnership for this block party is the YMCA, Abundant Life Church and Cities United which is now United Fort Wayne.  Our Mayor Tom Henry and Police Chief Garry Hamilton were here along with Kevin Biggs of Biggs Construction.  We had about 50 vendors including churches, Wells Fargo Bank, Fort Wayne’s Girlz Rock, you name it, we had it out here.  You can expect us to do this again next year and it will be bigger and better and we’re definitely going to pay attention to the weather and try to avoid a really, really hot day like today.  But there was a good breeze going on and, as long as people stayed in the shade and stayed hydrated, they were okay.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I’m Debbie Moore the Summer Camp staff director here and I’m enjoying this event.  My kids were out just running around enjoying the festivities and having fun. They enjoyed getting a free book bag filled with supplies, listening to some awesome Christian music and was able to see the puppet shows that are Christian based.  After that,  they played with the fire hose with the fire department, so it was an all around good time.”

“My name is Dominique Meriwether and I’m a member of YMCA.  I had my daughter with me and I really liked this event and I think it’s something we need more of.  I’d like to see everybody here again having fun and their kids having fun together because it was a good day.  I wasn’t able to make it last year but we made it this year and it’s a success, everyone is having a good time.”

“I’m Geno Sims and I was here on behalf of New Covenant Worship Center, Pastor Luther Whitfield and what we do is called Traveling Sunday School.  It’s a outreach ministry and we go out into the community and different areas in Fort Wayne and we pray and offer prayer.  And, we also ask, if they’ve accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and if not, we lead them in a prayer of salvation.  At this event, we have snacks for the kids that were bagged by our traveling Sunday School group that consisted of candy, chips, a coloring page with crayons and just something’s that they’d enjoy and we prayed for the adults because we enjoy doing this.  We enjoy going out into the community because we know that it’s needed.  That’s the heart that Pastor Luther has for the Fort Wayne area especially the southeast area and we were stationed in a location where we could pray for families as they walked by that had a need.”

“I’m Sharon Easley and I’m also here on behalf of Traveling Sunday School.  We enjoyed this event today and my purpose is, to make sure everyone knows Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.  Because the time is needed right now to go out and make disciples for Jesus Christ.  And so, I enjoy praying for the families and people really want to be stopped and prayed for and I love that and I know, that’s what the Lord is calling me to do, just get out and win souls for Him and I love it.”


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