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THOUSANDS GATHER FOR CITYFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL AT PK PARK
What a great week in Eugene! The Lord worked in awesome ways in Lane County this last week in outreaches and CityFest on July 28 at PK Park. The event was a fun-filled day of music, action sports, activities for kids, and multiple opportunities for individuals to hear a powerful message of hope in Jesus Christ.
The event featured award-winning artists TobyMac, Tedashii, and Rend Collective, and a message of hope from global speaker and author Andrew Palau.
There was something for everyone including an interactive family fun zone filled with inflatables, games, crafts, and sports challenges, and a children stage show featuring ventriloquist Mark Thompson. There was also demos of awe-inspiring stunts from professional skaters and BMX and freestyle motocross riders.
Outreaches in the week leading up to CityFest included a First Responders Breakfast, a Women's Dinner, a Youth Outreach at a Correctional Facility, a Skate Outreach, and the Festival on Saturday.
During the year and a half long partnership, the Lord united churches through a university student outreach, the RE:NEW Gathering with Francis Chan, One Hope projects, and so much more.
- More than 9,500 people in attendance on Saturday (the largest gathering in the history of the ballpark)
- More than 850 confessions of faith throughout the partnership
- 113+ partnering churches/ministries
- Hundreds of believers trained in friendship evangelism
- Hundreds of volunteers
Going forward, we hope the unity established through CityFest continues to deepen and spread, encouraging more citywide outreach efforts and ongoing service initiatives throughout Lane County.
“People need hope everywhere, especially here in Eugene. CityFest gave people a reason to be hopeful. About today. About the future.” - Pastor Steve Hill
"Our sweet Savior graced us with the ministry of LPA to change the spiritual landscape of our city. I believe the 'first fruits' of the festival events will lead to a greater harvest to come as our partnership has made as great an impact on the Church as it has on the new conversions. We are eternally grateful for you and your team. I look forward to the day we will sit around the tree of life together in glory and reminisce about the good things God did at Cityfest 2018 in little ol' Eugene, OR."
– Pastoral Chair Ben Cross
350 GATHER FOR SKATE OUTREACH | JULY 27
Through a partnership with Youth for Christ, local youth leaders, and nationally-known skaters, the Gospel was shared with youth and skaters under the Washington Jefferson Street bridge!
The professionals drew a crowd with their tricks, and they took the opportunity to share their stories of redemption and the Gospel! Over and over, they proclaimed, "Jesus changed my life, and He can change yours."
NEARLY 400 WOMEN GATHER FOR 'STORIES OF HOPE' DINNER | JULY 24
Cityfest's “Evening of Hope” proved to be an inspiring night of encouragement and Good News. With nearly 400 women gathered at the beautiful Silvan Ridge Winery in Eugene, they heard numerous stories of hope and redemption from women all around the world, sharing how they found true fulfillment, peace, and joy after making a decision to follow Jesus Christ.
The “Stories of Hope” theme resonated all throughout the evening as the hope of the Gospel was presented with joy and clarity. Speakers Kristin Wall and Wendy Palau both shared their own testimonies and personal stories with grief, doubt, and finding out that God is better than they ever thought before.
The Holy Spirit was truly at work throughout the night. Not only was it a memorable evening for all who attended, but more than 100 women indicated a confession of faith in Jesus Christ by the end of the evening.
BREAKFAST OUTREACH HONORS FIRST RESPONDERS | JULY 24
CityFest outreaches began with a breakfast honoring more than 100 First Responders.
Andrew and guests speaker Jerry Dyer, Police Chief of Fresno California, both shared their life stories of pain and redemption and healing, and how a relationship with Jesus changed everything.
In total, more than 23 attendees made confessions of faith in Jesus as a result of the breakfast!