Unifying the Community

Three pastors work together to use one community to fulfill one goal of unity.

Just as Pastors Dove, King, and Graham sit together as one, they hope every child in Live Oak will do the same.

Pastor Jeffrey Dove of Mt. Zion A.M.E. said, "The racial lines here have been drawn between different denominations and different color of people. I think by coming in with First Baptist Church brings the community closer together."

The three pastors are sponsoring a Back-to-School Celebration on August 5.While all students will receive free school supplies, the event is much deeper than book bags and paper.

Cassandra Fischer, 9, said, "It helps my mom very much because she needs help getting school supplies, and it's free."

William King, a student pastor at First Baptist Church, said, "The idea here for us is to be able to bridge some gaps, build relationships and nurture the relationships, cross denominational lines, cross ethnicity lines, and all of us build the community and educational system."

The pastors say they hope the event will not only erase racial barriers just for that one day, but for the rest of their lives. The Back-to-School Celebration is Saturday, August 5. It will start with a worship service at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Live Oak at 6:00 p.m., followed by the distribution of free school supplies at First Baptist Church just down the street on Highway 90. Then it's back to Ebenezer for free food and games.