‘Sharefest’ to kick off May 3 in Troy
On May 5, 2007, four churches from the Troy community came together to perform acts of service and kindness for those within the community. They called the event Sharefest.
The purpose of Sharefest is for the community of Christ to demonstrate the love of Christ in practical ways to the community, a spokesman said.
The churches that participated were Troy First Baptist Church, Troy Church of Christ, Blessed Hope Baptist Church and Troy United Methodist Church.
The day began with everyone coming together for breakfast and a devotional at 8 at Troy First Baptist Church.
At 8:30 more than 300 people from the four different churches went out into the community to work on more than 25 assistance projects.
Groups were involved in projects such as painting the parking stripes and light poles around the square of Troy, cleaning out gutters and doing yard work for elderly residents and painting an entire home on the outside for a widow.
One church provided a free car wash, one group delivered gifts to children whose mothers were currently incarcerated in the Obion County jail.
A giant rummage sale was held at Troy First Baptist Church, where needy individuals could buy an entire set of plates for a nickel. Small appliances, towels, sheets, bed spreads, clothes, shoes and numerous other items could be purchased for a nickel. More than 80 families were able to purchase household items for pennies.
This year Sharefest will be held on May 3 from 8 a.m-4 p.m.
Seven churches from the community will be participating, including the churches listed. Joining them will be Greater Vision Church of God, Mount Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church and New Ebenezer Cum-berland Presbyterian Church.
The day will begin with breakfast at Troy First Baptist Church at 8. Lunch will also be available at the church beginning at 11:30. Other churches that are interested in participating may contact the Sharefest coordinator, John Poor, at 536-4710.
Any widows or single mothers in the Troy community may apply for minor home improvements such as yards mowed, leaves raked, gutters cleaned, hedges trimmed or small painting projects.
Applications for home improvement projects are available at Troy City Hall or by contacting Troy First Baptist Church at 536-4710 by Wednesday.
On May 4 at 6 p.m., everyone is invited to celebrate all that was accomplished during Sharefest at a community-wide celebration at the Obion County Central High School commons area.