Linden's Night of Hope

 Linden — A new event focusing on hope and unity is coming to downtown Linden on Saturday, Oct. 12. 

 In a 6-0 vote with Councilor Pamela Howd absent, the Linden City Council approved Linden’s Night of Hope event, hosted by The Rock Church of Fenton. 

 “What we want to do is offer a message of hope and unity to the community,” said Pastor Wes Morris. “The goal of the event is to offer the hope of the gospel. It’s not about any one church. It’s not about recruiting anyone or asking anything from anyone.”

 From 4 to 8 p.m., East Broad Street, stretching from Sharp Funeral Home to the Bridge Street intersection, will be closed off. The event starts at 6 p.m., and attendees can enjoy live worship music from a Rock Church band, along with prayer, and a message about the gospel from Morris. They’re organizing a kids ministry event and a kids play area. 

 “We’re not asking for donations of any kind. Everything is already covered. Everything is funded,” Morris said. 

 Pro boxer and Linden native Joey Spencer also will make an appearance on Oct. 12 to meet people and give testimony, sharing his personal relationship with God.

 The Rock Church aims to include more churches. 

 “Our intent here is to get all the local churches in Linden involved. We’ll reach out to them and have them a part of this event,” said Neil Thompson, director of operations at The Rock Church, at the Linden meeting Monday, Aug. 26.  

 The theme of Linden’s Night of Hope focuses on Romans 10:9. The passage states, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 Morris said, “Anyone who believes and confesses Jesus can be saved.”

 Police Chief Scott Sutter said city staff has met with The Rock Church to develop a street closure plan, including placing barricades in appropriate places. The Rock Church will notify businesses of the event.

 “As a downtown resident of Linden, my heart’s desire has been to see something in Linden,” Thompson said. “It should be a really good shining star in the community as well.”

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