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Block party reaches out to residents of McIntosh

It’s the part of Denver nicknamed “The Hell Hole” – a section of Denver that rarely makes the news unless it’s bad news.
On Saturday, several black churches from Denver gathered in the McIntosh neighborhood off N.C. 16 to change that negative perception.
They held a block party to reach out to the community with a message of hope and Christian love in what was termed the “McIntosh Project.”
According to organizer Lewis McLean, a member of Rock Hill United Methodist Church on Old Plank Road, 19 churches were invited to participate in the event that ran 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“As of lunchtime, we had five churches here participating,” said McLean. “I sent out fliers and even talked to other church’s representatives at different functions.”
The event was a first both for the churches that participated and the community, where about 50 people turned out for music, food and ministry.
“It’s a perfect time for missions work between Lent and Easter,” said Rock Hill UMC pastor Frederick Bowman. “It was a strong commitment from Lewis and his leadership that made this happen. It’s a way to build bridges in the community.”
Pastor Franklin Lowery of Gold Hill Baptist Church called the turnout “wonderful” despite all of the negativity in the neighborhood.
“We can have all the classes and seminars in the world but we need God to change people’s hearts,” said Lowery.
Lowery also said what’s important for the Church as a whole is what is done to reach out to people.
“There’s too much in-house ministry and not enough outside the church walls,” he said. “We have to do what’s needed and this is something that takes effort.”
He added similar projects like the “McIntosh Project” can go on “as a joint effort continuously.”
“It’s about Kingdom building,” said Lowery.
Pastor W.J. Neal of Christ Missionary Church in Charlotte came to the block party with free clothes for the neighborhood.
“It’s important to be here today,” he said. “It’s a great commission God has given us to preach to the people in the community. We want to be able to reach out and lead people to Christ. This is the best way to reach unchurched people.”
Gilbert McLean of Rock Hill UMC agreed with Neal’s sentiment.
“We’re here to let people know that the Church as a corporate body is here for them,” he said.
He added that several people from McIntosh has been coming to Rock Hill UMC.
“We wanted to be sure that they still come,” said McLean. “We hope to let the people know that we care.”
Rock Hill UMC pastor Frederick Bowman also ministered to the crowd on the message of the prodigal son.
“Who’s been prodigal. Look around you,” he said. “We’re here to help you, McIntoshes. We’re here to show you we’re prodigals.”
He added that it’s time for the community to wake-up to “its true condition.”
“God has blessed us and we need to let him know our true condition,” preached Bowman. “People must come to themselves and realize their condition is because of ‘little ol’ me’.”
by Jon Mayhew

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