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August 31st, 2011

More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive
More than 30,000 pounds of food and supplies given during Graceworks Food Drive

Once again, Brentwood Baptist members were surprised this past Sunday with an annual challenge: the one-day-only Graceworks Food Drive.

Set up by Aaron Bryant, Kairos Pastor, from the stage on Sunday morning in his message, "Humility+Service," the parameters were laid out. The effort complements our current sermon series called Better Together.

"We have opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ all the time," he said. "And sometimes, in a large church, it's difficult to have an 'all-play' where we all get together and mobilize ourselves. . . . But today, we have an opportunity to be the church and meet a physical need for the purpose of meeting the ultimate spiritual need, which is Jesus Christ."

Aaron explained that those attending could find a list of groceries and supplies needed on the inserts in their bulletins. They were to take that list to local stores, fill up their baskets with those specific items, and bring it back to the church parking lot between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. that day.

"We're again mobilizing the church . . . not to serve out of duty or obligation—that's not what we're being called to do—but out of joy," Aaron said. "This is a tangible way you can grab your children and said, 'This is what the church is. This is who we are. We're better together—with our resources, time, and efforts.' . . . Have fun with it . . . being better together than as individuals."

As soon as the services ended, members set out to bless the Franklin-based Hope For the World Missions Offering ministry partner, who serves people in need throughout Williamson County. When they returned, Brentwood Baptist deacons and volunteers were waiting with rented trucks to receive the donations.

At closing time, more than 1,150 people in 644 cars had participated, dropping off 30,306 pounds of food and supplies—3,500 pounds more than last year. The total haul, which filled three truckloads, will leave the ministry's pantry stocked for months.

Becky Gross, Community Missions Minister, who coordinated the event, said, "Thank you, Brentwood Baptist, for your generosity. A special thanks goes to our amazing deacons for all of their hard work and to Aaron Bryant for casting the vision of how we can be better together as a church."

Story by Kaylan Christopher, Staff Writer