Cars, music liven church parking lot

August 04, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Just for fun, LIFE House Church Bethel in Hagerstown opened its parking lot Saturday to music and fancy cars.

The Days of Thunder event, which continues today, was held to show the lighter side of church.

"We can have fun and enjoy ourselves," said the Rev. Terry Broadwater, lead pastor at the church, which just changed its name from Bethel Assembly Church of God.

The music was from the Rev. Jimmie Bratcher of Kansas City, Mo., a bluesman who said he plays at churches, prisons and clubs.

His bandmates were Rick Yord, a bass player who also lives in Kansas City, and drummer Mike O'Neil of Nashville, Tenn.


O'Neil said he's a Christian counselor who works on problems with addiction, dependency and marriage.

He joked that most of the old-time blues musicians with whom he has played are "dead or not feeling well."

Between 30 and 40 cars lined the parking lot Saturday, and awards were given in several categories, said Travis Fouche, a technical director at the church.

Some people brought Corvettes. Others brought Hondas, and there were a few Mustangs, Fouche said.

Broadwater said he hoped for about 100 cars, but his show competed with a few other car shows in the area.

Days of Thunder will continue today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bratcher is scheduled to speak at a service at the church at 10:30 a.m. and play music at other times.

Broadwater said he expects the auditorium to be packed with motorcyclists. Their bikes will be lined up outside, on display. Prizes will be given out.

A charity motorcycle ride will leave from the church about 2 p.m., Fouche said.

Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Center.

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