By Portia Williams
MCDERMOTT — McDermott United Methodist Church (UMC), at 26 Hulet St., in McDermott, hosted a car show on Saturday, July 18. Proceeds from the event were allocated for local organization, Cans for Christ, and the Make A Wish Foundation.
Frances Newman, pastor of McDermott UMC, said the idea to host the event was that of McDermott UMC member, Dusty Hackworth.
“Dusty decided that he would to see if he could do a car show,” Newman said. “And, my style of management is, if you want to do something, just do it, and he did it. He planned the whole thing. He spent hours, and hours taking flyers around. I just trusted him to take care of it, and he did a great job.”
Newman also said she has served at the church for the last two years, and that Hackworth has been instrumental in helping her to get things going.
Hackworth said the event was delayed on a few occasions due to continuous rainfall, and was glad to finally be able to get the event in gear.
“This time we had eight cars that participated. The first time we went to do it, it got rained out. The second time it got rained out, and this time finally, things went through and we were able to host it,” Hackworth said. “I wanted to do this for Cans for Christ, because Brandon Hoyme helps out local people, and I think that is for a great cause. I hope in the future to do this again, and to expand it to all of Scioto County, so that all of the churches can come together.”
Hoyme, founder of Cans for Christ, said it is an incredible feeling to receive any type of support.
“Anytime anyone helps it is an overwhelming feeling. It’s not something they have to do. Dusty Hackworth came to me, he said God put this on my heart to do a car show to help,” Hoyme said. “Other people like New Boston Carpets Plus Colortile have helped with a love gift as well as Relay for Life. Tabitha Lore contacted me and said we’d like to give. I met with them and they had hundreds of can food items. It’s not what you give or how much you give. It’s how you give. Give from the heart.”
Beyond the event, Hackworth said he is appreciative of the support from the community.
”We had a lot of great support, and could not have done this event without all of the help. There were a lot of businesses that helped, and made donations. We were able to give out some door prizes, and offer refreshments because of the support,” Hackworth said.
Worship Services at McDermott UMC are Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Newman said she desired to emphasize that McDermott UMC is a church that is open to all.
“Our church is open to anyone. It doesn’t matter the color, creed, or race,” Newman said. “I am now counseling some people that are having some problems with drug addiction, and they are welcome. Homosexuals are welcome, everybody is welcome, and we want the people in the community to know that. Our church motto is, ’Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors.’”
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