Bayside’s First Baptist Church Pastor Bill Lendly said the event would be non-denominational with the goal of getting everybody together. The council meeting was Wednesday, April 10.
Lendly introduced Jeff Churchill, pastor of the Ground Zero Biker Church in Corpus Christi.
“I’ll start by saying I serve God,” Churchill said.
Churchill described what was planned: 50 bikers on motorcycles would come to the event, a performance by a band that plays contemporary Christian music would be presented, a barbecue served and testimonials given, including Churchill’s own struggle to overcome drug use.
Churchill said he’s been clean almost a decade.
But before that happened, he almost gave up on life and was ready for perdition. But, he said, God stepped in and changed his mind.
Lendly said the rally probably would be under a huge tent because the community center was not big enough.
The purpose of the event would be to address drug use, alcohol abuse by adults and underage drinking.
Churchill said every community in the nation has these problems.
“We’d like to make a difference for the kids in this town. We’re Christian bikers. We live our faith. At the end of the day, it’s about Jesus,” he said.
“Kids, I tell you, gravitate to motorcycles,” he said. He said the youth would naturally be drawn to the event.
He said once a kid said he didn’t look like a man of God. But Churchill asked if Jesus looked like the son of God.
“A devil could walk in the door wearing a three-piece suit,” he said.
Churchill said there would be no cost to the city, that all he wanted was the town’s support.
“This will be the first event of its kind,” he said. And it is hoped the event would not only draw Bayside youth but students in the Woodsboro school district.
Churchill said he met Pastor Lendly four years ago. He credited God for meeting him in Gregory.
He said he held on to the idea of a rally – sort of a modern day revival.
As different as the two are, both want to help address the problems of drugs and alcohol in the community.
And planning it in August just before school starts would be a strategic time to set the youth on a good course.
“We go in and try to make a difference for those who are hurting,” Churchill said.
Bayside Mayor Ken Dahl said he thought the idea was a good one, and he said he would support it.
He added that the event would complement Bayside’s upcoming Summer Program for youth scheduled for May 23.
Churchill was invited to come to the Summer Program and familiarize himself with participants.
Mayor Pro Tem Orville Downs made a motion to support the Youth Rally, and Councilwoman Pat Torres seconded.
The vote was unanimous.
In other council business, a higher than specified sign as set down in the town’s sign ordinance was approved by the council.
“It’s a little higher than the ordinance dictates, but the council can review and approve on individual situations,” Dahl said.
He noted that the council’s option was in the ordinance, as well.
The council agreed that former council members Al Posas and Robert Moreno could survey senior residents to find out their needs for a State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry for future use in hurricanes or other catastrophes.
Posas and Moreno said they would volunteer their time to do the work.
The council also agree to set up a Facebook page for the town. The intention is to post council meeting minutes and other notices on the page.