FLINT TWP. — Victorious Word Church, 3560 Beecher Rd., is inviting the community to come out and join them at “Word and Whips,” the second annual church picnic and car show, from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The two-fold purpose of the event is for members to enjoy themselves and also to reach out to the community, said Pastor Rodney Murphy.
The church is new to the area and wants to get involved with its neighbors.
“We are a multicultural church so everybody is welcome,” Murphy said.
The “Word” part of the event’s title refers to the church’s regular worship service, Murphy said. Victorious Word Church offers something for everyone including married, singles and children’s ministries, he said.
The church’s in-house gym is an asset to the children’s programs.
“As we go through the process of teaching kids about God, they are also having fun.” Murphy said. “When they look back on it as adults, they will say “I had a great church experience as a kid.”
The “Whips’ part of the event’s title refers to the vehicles entered in the car show which starts at 2 p.m. Registration for the car show will begin at noon and the entry fee is $10 per vehicle.
Cars entered in the show can be new or old as long as they are impressive, Murphy said. Prizes will be awarded.
Everyone attending the event will receive a ballot to vote for the cars that most impress them, Murphy said.
“It is more of a fun-oriented than a technical, professional car show,” he said. “That’s why we let regular lay people vote on the vehicle they are most impressed with.”
The top ten vehicles in every class will get a certificate of participation.
Murphy, a Corvette owner, said hosting the car show fulfills a longtime goal of his.
“I am a car guy,” he said, “Flint is a car town. People like coming to a car show. We can grill some hot dogs and talk about cars and build relationships with one another.”
Murphy said they are hoping for a big turnout this year and can accommodate about 500 people.
Food and refreshments will be served and a bounce house for children will be provided.
Last year’s even drew about 20 vehicles including one brought in by a car dealership, Murphy said, adding that they hope to have dealership participation again this year.
He stressed the goal of having fun. Victorious Church encourages living a Christian lifestyle while having fun in the process.