East Marion church to host fall harvest festival


This Friday and Saturday, East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church will celebrate the fall season with a variety of fun and educational events designed to bring that community together. One of the highlights of the event will be a service on Friday evening featuring nationally known gospel musician and pastor, Bishop Clint Brown of Orlando, Fla.

This Friday and Saturday, East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church will celebrate the fall season with a special guest musician and a variety of fun and educational events designed to bring that community together.

Located at 900 Baldwin Ave., East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church will host a community fall harvest festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Although it will be located at East Marion PHC, the event is actually sponsored by the House of Joseph, based out of Chesapeake, Va.

The House of Joseph is a non-profit organization that seeks to help those in need deal with problems of hunger, crime, depression, addiction and other issues.

“We are designed to be a light to the community for Jesus Christ,” reads its Web site. “The House of Joseph has been created by Rev. Bill Mann to help those in need in the community, to help the community to serve a better purpose.”

Pastor Mann and his crew of volunteers from the House of Joseph came here last year and spent three days giving out more than 200 bags of food, clothes and toiletries, according to Niki Palmer with the Marion East Community Forum. She is also the wife of the Rev. Jeff Palmer, pastor of East Marion PHC.

On Friday and Saturday, the good folks from the House of Joseph will come back and hold this free fall festival at East Marion PHC. There will be free cookouts, free groceries and other giveaways.

“This year, Pastor Bill Mann and his crew plan to give away over 300 bags of food, and we have coupled that effort with the MANNA Pop-up Market,” said Palmer. “We are also adding the Red Cross Bloodmobile, to help with the more than 200 blood donation events that were cancelled due to Hurricane Florence, leaving the Red Cross in desperate need of blood donations.”

The MATCH program, McDowell Department of Social Services, the men’s mission, RHA Behavioral Health and other groups will also set up tables to share messages such as child endangerment, human trafficking and other concerns. Representatives from Lowe’s and Walmart will have hiring events during the festival as well.

A special service on Friday at 7 p.m. will feature Bishop Clint Brown, who is known nationwide for his gospel music. His music recording career commenced in 1998, and he has since released 20 or more albums since then. He has had three albums chart on various Billboard charts, and the most successful one, “Fall Like Rain,” was released in 2008 and placed on four charts, according to online sources.

“With a strong presence anchored in praise & worship, Dove Award Winning Bishop Clint Brown is a staple pastor, singer, and songwriter today,” reads his Web site.

Brown, who is from Orlando, Fla., has released more than 22 albums with more than 400 songs, many translated into different languages. In addition to his music career, Brown has been a senior pastor and international speaker at churches and conferences for more than 20 years.

As it turns out, Brown is friends with Rev. Jeff Palmer of East Marion PHC.

“He has 21 albums released with a new one due out next year,” said Niki Palmer. “We have heard that folks plan to drive from as far as Charlotte just to hear him speak. He’s a pretty big deal.”

For more information, visit the Facebook page for East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church https://www.facebook.com/EastMarionPHC/?tn-str=k*F.

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