By Jason A. Smith
Rising gas prices, and a desire to reach the community, have spurred a McDonough church toward a unique offering, just in time for Easter.
Members of Turning Point Church, at 831 Pavilion Court, in McDonough, will volunteer Monday for a Gas Buy Down event, at 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of the "Buy Down" is to help ease the pinch at the pump for gasoline consumers, according to Ben McDonald, worship pastor at the church. He said the church performed a similar service for the community in 2009, on a smaller scale.
"We did a gas buy down two years ago, for $350. This one is $2,000. The average automobile has a 20 gallon tank, so it's probably going to be about 250 cars, if they fill up. We're going be buying down gas, 40 cents per gallon. When [customers] show up, starting at 5:30 p.m., gas prices will be down 40 cents on their sign."
Roughly 30 volunteers from the church will team up with the Chevron gas station, at 898 Ga. Highway 81 East, in McDonough, for the occasion. McDonald said the goal of the event is to meet the needs of gas station customers.
"We're going to be pumping gas, if they'll let us, cleaning windows, and inviting people to our Easter services, and our Easter Eggstravaganza," he said. "We understand that times can be hard, and gas prices are going up, it seems like, every day. We want to show people that we care about them, and love them. Turning Point is here for them."
The Eggstravaganza, a free event, is scheduled for April 23, at Henry County High School. "We have over 10,000 Easter eggs, candy, inflatables, and we're also giving away some huge prizes," McDonald said. "There's stuff for all ages. It's not just for little kids."
Tanya Windham is on the worship team at Turning Point, and is assisting McDonald with publicity for the Buy Down event and the Eggstravaganza. Both functions, she said, are outreach tools for the church.
"We are trying to find a way to reach out to the community," Windham said. "We saw a need with the increase in gas prices. We're trying to find a way to share the love of Christ, and invite the community to our Easter services."