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Rogersville to celebrate reopening of churches with City Park event

STAFF REPORT • May 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville pastors have decided to join together for an evening of thanksgiving and celebration as state restrictions due to the coronavirus begin to relax.

On Sunday beginning at 5 p.m., city churches will hold Better Together: A Celebration of Hope at the Rogersville City Park.

Organizers are inviting members of their churches to attend and to bring their own chairs as with any event at the park, but volunteers will help ensure families are spread out to satisfy state requirements for social distancing.

Sheldon Livesay from Of One Accord Ministry said that there has been possibly a greatest concentrated move of God in East Tennessee than anywhere else in America and we will come expectantly together with anticipation for what God would do next.

“Several churches that have already been doing their services online through social media, like Facebook or YouTube Live, will be invited to provide the event to those that can’t get out that evening,” Livesay said. “Several groups have been asked to lead times of music. As well, at least three of our local pastors are expected to bring short messages of thanksgiving, encouragement, and hope to those in the Rogersville area that attend.”

Pastor John Butler, of East Rogersville Baptist Church, said, “This weekend is also when the Jews celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, but also when the church of Jesus Christ was birthed 2,000 years ago. Many worldwide Bible leaders feel this will be a historic time when they expect a worldwide revival will begin.”

Livesay noted, “Pastors feel God has heard the many prayers from East Tennessee and especially Hawkins County and minimized what could have taken place if the virus spread without control. Gov. Bill Lee is slowly relaxing restrictions and allowing churches to ‘responsibly’ begin meeting once again. But before individual churches meet, these local pastors and churches wanted to have a time to openly come together thanking God for answered prayers.”

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