The people at Rome Action Ministries worked tirelessly not only on Sunday, but for weeks leading up to make sure the distribution of food went smoothly. They are an asset to our community daily, but on Sunday they outdid themselves. Parking hundreds of vehicles and creating an environment where everyone feels safe is quite an undertaking.
Floyd County EMA helped make it look easy. The Rome Police Department and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department were on hand to help with security. Students from Shorter University came and spent the day jumping in wherever they were needed. They were invaluable. Every musician gave their time and performed for free. Each one was a blessing. Ready or Not Inc. ran sound for us all day. They are the best in town.
Everyone who came out to support the event is appreciated. They are why we do this. This newspaper gave us great advanced coverage and helped us spread the word. Please know how grateful we are. We have many tremendous sponsors who make it possible for us to purchase the food that Rome Action Ministries gave away to 1,500 families, as well as 3,500 hot dogs, countless fried pies, cotton candy, drinks, etc… all free.
As their pastor, I want to thank the membership of Trinity UMC. All day they ran games, cooked food, set up, cleaned up, etc. Without such marvelous people, a day like this is not possible. While everyone worked hard, members of our Youth Council were there from the beginning of set-up to the end of clean-up. A special thanks to our Director of Youth Ministries, Grant Magness, who originally envisioned the day and continues to be our event organizer.
If you were at Ridge Ferry Park, working, receiving free food or just passing through, you know that “Jesus in the Park” is not just the name of the event… it is the very real reality of the day.