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‘Septemberfest’ proves that beat goes on for New Direction

  • Written by Danny Tennial
 

New Direction Christian Church ended a month long celebration of it’s 10th anniversary with Septemberfest at Wingate Park last Saturday (Sept. 24). New Direction Christian Church ended a month long celebration of it’s 10th anniversary with Septemberfest at Wingate Park last Saturday (Sept. 24).

 
 Quick McGee of Insight’s Ata Black Belt Academy demonstrated his martial arts skill during Septemberfest, a festival capping a month-long celebration of New Direction Christian Church’s 10th anniversary. (Photo by Shabrenda Mitchell)

 
 Mayor AC Wharton and Dr. Stacey Spencer at Septemberfest.

The festival came with an invitation for the entire Hickory Hill community to join in the church’s celebration.

The community fair included a talent show, rides and food vendors. Some city officials made appearances, including Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and District 3 Councilman Harold Collins.

Wharton praised the economic and social impact that New Direction has made in the Hickory Hill Community.

‘”Downtown we often say that we don’t have money to do this and we don’t have money to support that. At least we can show up and let people who sponsor events on their own dime know that we support them morally,” said Wharton.

New Direction, said Wharton, is building a new charter middle school that will be named “The Powercenter Middle School.”

 Dr. Rosalyn Nichols, a pastor and a candidate for City Council Super District 8, Pos. 2 praised New Direction and its pastor, Dr. Stacey Spencer.

“I have watched Dr. Spencer grow and I have watched his ministry grow and it is a testament to what God can do,” said Nichols.

Spencer said Septemberfest was a reflection of what God has been – and still is – doing in his ministry.

 “It shows me that God is still moving and that he is very much alive among his people. The miracles that we have experienced in Hickory Hill for the past ten years, such as phenomenal growth, lives being transformed, community transformation and the excitement of our talent center we are about to open, shows me that God is still moving in Hickory Hill.”

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