Former Pastor Celebrates God’s Work

Bill Kirby Jr.

A familiar face returns to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church tonight to lead the National Operation Inasmuch ministry appreciation celebration.

Dr. David Crocker

            “Our organization – Operation Inasmuch, Inc. – is an international extension of what began in Fayetteville,” says Dr. David Crocker, former senior pastor at the church on Westmont Drive, and where Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch was founded in 1995. “We are separate from the Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch on Hillsboro Street. The two are related, for sure, but separate.  Sue Byrd is a close friend and named her ministry after the Operation Inasmuch community outreach that began at Snyder in 1995, when I was pastor there. 

“We exist to equip churches to do the same sort of community outreach that Snyder and some of the other Fayetteville churches have been doing for 26-plus years,” he said.  “We have churches doing Operation Inasmuch in 25 states and four countries. Naturally, many of the good people of Snyder Memorial continue to support the National Operation Inasmuch organization as well as Sue Byrd’s, which is why we have this appreciation event each year.”

            Crocker, who served as pastor of the church from 1994 to 2003, says those in attendance will receive an advance copy of his latest book, “Compassionaries: Unleash the Power of Serving,” written to inspire people to serve those in need.

            Crocker is founder of Operation Inasmuch headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tonight’s event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 910-484-3191.

                                                                       

            Spring Lake residents are deciding between now and Election Day on Nov. 2 if they wish to send a number of town board alderman and alderwoman back into elected office after Spring Lake fiscal and financial affairs were earlier this month taken over by the state’s Local Government Commission. Four incumbents are running again, including two for mayor. Seriously? A town’s finances are in turmoil under the watch of these incumbents, and they want you to elect them, again? Some political pundits say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ and count me among them.

                                                                       

            The annual Sudan Shriners Fish Fry is back this Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bordeaux Field at 3030 Boone Trail behind the Ramada Plaza. “This fish fry is our annual fund raiser for the Shriner’s Children Hospitals,” Don Talbot says, “and 100 percent of funds raised goes to them.” Plates are $8, with funds to help Shriners Hospitals for Children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research and offering education programs for medical professions. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate are eligible for care regardless of a family’ ability to play. You may send donations to Cumberland County Shriners, P.O. Box 556, Fayetteville, N.C. 28302-0556. Call Bill Turner at (910) 494-4499 for more information.

                                                                      

          Blues-N-Brews is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville, with proceeds benefitting the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. General admission tickets are $40 at the gate. Early bird tickets in advance are $30. Or you can register for the VIP Experience for $75, which kicks off at 4 p.m. and includes a catered meal, five drink tickets and access to the VIP tent with musical entertainment featuring the Guy Unger Band. You must be age 21 to enter the tent. Other entertainment features Nattalyee Randall, The Willie Bradley Band and the 2 Bald Guys Dueling Piano Show. Tickets are available by phone at 910-323-4233, at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre box office from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday or at Anstead’s Tobacco Co.

                                                                  

          You always can count on the Cumberland Community Foundation to improve the quality of life in this community. “We look forward to using this grant to assist those citizens of Cumberland County currently in need,” Dr. Jennifer Green, director of the Cumberland County Health Department, says in a news release about a recent $64,000 grant from the foundation. The grant is funded by the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund for Health of the foundation and will be used for direct payments to vendors to provide services for Health Department patients’ unmet needs including transportation to appointments, utilities, rent and childcare.  “Our goal is to make Cumberland County a better place to live for each of our friends and neighbors,” Green says, “and this grant will go a long way to make that a reality.”

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961