Round-Up Sunday offers community service

The Rev. Marc Mullins, of the Pendleton First Christian Church, bends over to talk to some children during the 2007 Round-Up Church service at Roy Raley Park in Pendleton. <br><i>File Photo</i>

For the past decade, people of all faiths have gathered for a community worship service on Round-Up Sunday.

"It's a geat time of worship and celebration in the Lord and unity as one church," said the Rev. Rick Oliver of the Pendleton First Church of God.

This year's event will take place Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at Roy Raley Park, 1205 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton.

The Rev. Scott Little, pastor of the Pendleton Free Methodist Church, will give the message, titled "The Aroma of Christ."

Additionally, special music by the community pastors will be led by Rick Cunnington, worship leader at Pendleton First Church of God.

After the worship service, a free barbecue will be served.

Oliver said last year's gathering attracted nearly 1,500 people.

"It's just a time for the community of faith to come together to worship," he said.

Little, whose church has been involved with the the event for a number of years is excited about the event.

"I'm thrilled to see it grow every year," he said. "I like being a part of it because it gives the church in Pendleton an opportunity to have a presence in Round-Up."

Also, Oliver encourages people without church homes to participate in the event.

"We believe it's a time that they would enjoy and be uplifted," he said.

Oliver said about a dozen churches participate in the event.

Cornerstone Community Church, who during the summer helps host monthly services in the park, notices a considerable swell in attendance during the September gathering.

"We always get a big crowd at Round-Up," said Dan Feil, office manager at Cornerstone.

The service has festival seating, so Oliver encourages people to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

"It's a great opportunity for the community to worship together," Oliver said. "We think it's an important part of the heart of Round-Up."

Little said he understands the logistics of an outdoor service might be difficult for some to attend; however, Oliver said a drop-off zone is available at the park.

Additionally, parking will be available at the Pendleton Convention Center.

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