GOOD HOPE, Ala. – To kick off the week leading up to Independence Day, Branded by Christ Cowboy Church held its first-ever Faith, Family, & Fireworks Extravaganza Sunday night. Led by pastor Scott Guthery, the celebration featured bounce houses, games like corn hole and badminton, a horseshoe competition with an $80 prize for the winning team, free food, a 50/50 drawing that gave both the church and the lucky winner roughly $150 and a short sermon asking guests to come to know Christ just before the fireworks started.
Pastor Guthery estimated over 500 people in attendance, possibly even over 800 when counting the people who parked further up the hill to watch the fireworks. When asked what inspired the idea to hold the church’s first Independence Day celebration, he simply stated that he and the congregation were there to have fun and spread the gospel. “We just wanted to have a good time and give all the praise to the Lord, and reach as many people with the Good News of Christ as we could. The whole church came to help out with this, and we really couldn’t do this without all them. We just really wanted people to come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.”
Branded by Christ Cowboy Church meets in the Good Hope fire hall at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings – with breakfast served before – and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings.