First Christian Church of Odessa has again sponsored a car show the first weekend of August as part of the Odessa Puddle Jumper Days. Approximately 3,000 people enjoy the car show which features over 150 vehicles in categories of Motorcycles, Pre-2000 Cars, and 2000 to Current Day Cars.
Lyn Mefford, Elder and Car Show Chairman, pulls together a committee of 15-20 volunteers that puts in countless hours planning for the event and works hand-in-hand with the city and event planners. This is the premier event for the city each year and is an event that everyone looks forward to.
Since 2014 the Car Show Committee has made a profit of approximately $5,000 annually. This allows donations to be made to activities and organizations such as: Special Olympics, Trails Regional Library, FCC Youth Fund, Honor Flight, Odessa Police K-9 Unit, Veterans Patriot Feature, the BackSnack Program, CASA, the Odessa Senior Center and Building, House of Hope, and the Odessa downtown Christmas Lights.
The committee has also given to assist with medical bills for a child in town who was mauled by a dog, assisted in sponsorship of a young lady for a cultural trip to Jerusalem, assisted in the medical bills of a young girl from our church, adopted families at Christmas, sent children to summer church camp, and given scholarships to six church graduates for college.
It should also be noted that FCC also hosts a quilt show and an art show/competition in the church building at the same time. All these activities make for an exciting weekend, with many tired congregants afterward! It is, however, a well-run event that benefits the community in countless ways.
FCC in Odessa is shepherded by Pastor Russell Alexander.
Thanks to Pastor Russell Alexander for this story
and to FCC member Tim Baggs for the photos.