The 2013 National Crusade for Christ will be in Montgomery, Alabama June 21- 28 and will include a food giveaway, free health fair, worship services, a march and rally at the Capitol steps and a joyful a capella gospel concert.
The week of activities is expected to draw over 4000 people and result in over 2500 room nights according to the Montgomery Area Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB). The event was recruited by the CVB. The event has previously been held in Detroit, Chicago and most recently in Washington, D.C.
"We are especially thrilled to have this large group in Montgomery because of the positive effect that they will have, not only in terms of economic impact, but also through their spirit of service to the community," says Dawn Hathcock, Vice President of the CVB
"The Crusade for Christ is an evangelistic movement supported by the Churches of Christ nationwide. Its primary purpose is to evangelize, counsel and feed the hungry both spiritually and physically," said Dr. Daniel Harrison, President of the National Crusades for Christ.
On today, June 22 at 9 AM a food giveaway will be held in conjunction with the Montgomery Area Food Bank in the City parking lot across Tallapoosa Street from the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. National Crusades for Christ representatives have pre-registered recipients of this food with the assistance of the Montgomery Food Bank and local church congregations. Pre-registration is now closed, and recipients must be pre-registered to receive food.
At 10 AM today the group is hosting a free health fair at the Renaissance Convention Center featuring free medical screenings, blood donation opportunities and other health related services and information for the general public.
At 9 AM on Sunday, June 23 a worship service will be held at the Renaissance Convention Center. At 1 PM, attendees
will gather at historic Court Square to lead a march up Dexter Avenue to the steps of the State Capitol, where a Montgomery's own Dr. Fred Gray, a veteran civil rights attorney Fred Gray's legal career began in the midst of America's modern day civil rights movement.
On Sunday evening at 5 PM a short worship service will be held at the Convention Center, which will immediately be followed by an a capella gospel music concert at the Riverfront Amphitheatre. The concert is free to the public and lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
During the following week, participants will visit local residences knocking on doors and offering to study scripture with residents. Local congregations of the Church of Christ will offer counselors and classes for men, women and children as well as special speakers and messages delivered at the churches each night.
For more information on Crusades for Christ, please visit www.churchofchristcrusade.org.
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