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Event draws hot rods, residents to church

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Grace Baptist Church sits off Hardy-McManus road in the middle of several Evans subdivisions.

On Saturday, church members held an event they hope will brings residents out of their homes and though the doors of the church.

Grace Baptist Church held a motorcycle, hot rod and antique car show that along with fast cars featured free food and a short sermon delivered by the University of Georgia football team chaplain Kevin Hines.

"We thought this would be a great way for the community to come out to the church and get to know us," Grace Baptist Pastor Bill Hilley said.

Those who attended the event were able to get a close look of vintage model Fords and souped-up dragsters. Children sat on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and adults remembered a time when cars were cars.

"I used to have one exactly like this," said Allen Baker, an Evans resident who was looking under the hood of a 70s model Chevrolet Camaro. "That was a long time ago."

After touring the parking lot, attendees sat under a tent, had a free hotdog and listened to Hines tell them about what God has done in his life.

Hines said he used to be heavily involved with alcohol and drugs and gave little thought to the word of God. After attending church a few times in Florida, the New York native said he accepted Jesus into his life in 1999.

"I just began listening to God's message," Hines said. "My life hasn't been the same since."

Hines said he hopes to affect the University of Georgia football players the same way. The challenge, he said, is to get his players to understand that life is more than the glory that could come with athletic success.

"I'm just there to love them when they fall and get them to do good," he said. "I want to lead every young man on that team to the Lord."

Hilley said he has a similar mission for the surrounding community. He said the church was pleased with this year's turnout and plans to hold the same event next year.



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