Saturday December 3, 2011
Jingle Bell Parade • Union Square, Downtown Hickory • 4:30pm
Dress up for Christmas with Exodus Homes and Exodus Church along with youth from the Young People of Integrity, Soldiers of Christ Step Team, Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Unifour Christian Fellowship Church and others for a walking holiday parade from Union Square down 1st St. SW to the Exodus Home campus area in Ridgeview. Sing Christmas carols all the way through town, arriving at Exodus Homes just in time for the start of the seventh annual Christmas Lights Festival and Holiday Feast. This is fun for the whole family! Anyone who wants to be in the Jingle Bell Parade needs to assemble in downtown Hickory on Union Square at 4:00pm, leaving for Exodus Homes at 4:30pm. Come early and do some shopping before the beginning of the parade!
The Jingle Bell Parade is new this year! We are excited to bring people to downtown Hickory as we reach out to the whole community with the love of God. Rev. Reggie Longcrier never rests in expanding the vision for the Exodus Movement saying, “We appreciate all the community has done to support us, and we want to give back just a little of the joy we have experienced in our work.”
Christmas Lights Festival and Holiday Feast • Free Family Festival! • Exodus Homes • 5:30 pm – 7:30pm
Last year the recession caused us to cancel this event but this year we are back BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Join us for a fast-paced Christmas street festival with the Soldiers of Christ Step Team, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church Gospel Choir, Unifour Christian Fellowship Church Praise Team and puppet ministry along with multi- cultural Santas and fun for the whole family. Hickory Ward 4 City Council representative Hank Guess will officiate the lighting of the Exodus Homes rooftop ornament celebrating the birth of Christ and the let the fun begin! Come stroll around the festival and enjoy the free holiday feast provided by Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, Taste Full Beans Coffehouse, Pepsi, PIzza Hut, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, Church of the Master UCC, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, and Unifour Christian Fellowship Church. Come get your Christmas on! This is a holiday event you don’t want to miss, so please join us.
The Exodus Homes’ 2011 William Mangum Honor Card “Change the World” will be on sale as well as Rev. Longcrier’s new book “From Disgrace to Dignity”.
If you have a special talent you would like to add in the Jingle Bell Parade or Christmas Lights Festival, or for more information, please contact Rev. Susan Smith 828-962-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org