• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Next Unity in the Community set for July 31

Andrea “Bug” Brown said the mission of the 10th Unity in the Community, which will take place Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. at the county park, hasn’t changed since God called her to put the first one together. “It’s about bringing our community together. With so much racial tension and so much unrest over that tension … this is the vision that the Lord gave me in 2016 for such a time as this,” Brown said. Brown is part of a task force on unity that meets monthly with local leaders and Versailles Police Chief Mike Murray that she said is designed to get everyone on the same page “as far as our expectations, our love for one another. Unity in our community is key – our police need us, we need our police, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re all on the same page, because Heaven will not be segregated.” In previous, pre-pandemic years, the event was held at local churches. This year, it will take place in and around the Huffman Pavilion, and Brown said organizers have been preparing for a safe event. “My job is to make sure everybody comes with a mask. And we’re going to make sure everybody brings their chair and we’re going to implement social distancing,” she said. Many attendees will sit outside the pavilion, or in their cars, listening to a low-powered radio transmission via equipment provided by Crosspointe Church, Brown said. The two-hour program will be led by students from Woodford and Anderson counties who are members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and include a prayer for first responders, devotionals and a community praise choir. Brown said there will be precautions to protect attendees from the singing, which is proven to send droplet-filled breaths further than ordinary speaking. “So we know exactly how to back up the people and where to stand and everything. We’ve even practiced on the stage, of our singing, social distancing and spreading out …” she said. Boxed meals will be provided by The Woodford Club and paid for by the three State Farm agencies and Journey Church, Brown said. “My vision, when God gave it to me in 2016, he said, ‘Eat with one another.’ Yes, it’s going to be a little different – we’re going to be social distancing, but they can eat on the picnic tables … or they can take it to their cars and go home at the end. It’s whatever they want to do, but worshiping together is huge, and praying over our police officers, our first responders, our nurses and doctors – we’re not leaving any of them out. They’re all on the front lines of this, so we want to pray over them …” Brown said. The pavilion seats will be first-come, first-serve and a public address system will carry the program all the way to the nearby barn, she said. “Everybody will get a beautiful view, no matter what, and they’ll be able to hear us,” Brown said. “We’ve been practicing, and … it’s going to be a blessing of encouragement to our community.” Brown said in past years, 200 to 300 people attended Unity in the Community. She’s not sure how many will be there this year, but she is certain about the message of hope they’ll hear. “From people who are fighting COVID, it will encourage … families that are just down, you know, especially single parents. If those people are down, this will hopefully and prayerfully lift them up … and also, it’s a free meal, which is huge,” she said. “Just come out and be blessed. Come with an open heart.”

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