On a sunny morning in Greenville today, over seventy people from our congregation participated in the 33rd Annual Reedy Run.
Why would a church put together a team so big that we were noticed as one of the largest groups in today’s race?
1. For the fellowship. After we announced this opportunity, many of our people formed teams of two, three, and four to train. Those training runs provided great opportunities for our people to spend time together, building relationships and encouraging one another in the grace of Christ.
2. For our health. Some of today’s participants affirmed that Team Heritage encouraged them to get in shape by running a 5K. Physical health is a blessing from the Lord–a gift to be stewarded–and today’s event served to help us get in better shape.
3. For community identification. Living in a region with hundreds of churches is at once a blessing and a curse. How can we let our community know that Heritage is here to serve them with the gospel if the community doesn’t know we exist? So we all wore matching T-shirts, with Heritage’s new logo on the front, a map of the church on the back (with two local landmarks, Eastside High School and the Eastside YMCA), and a verse: “The message of the cross is foolishness, but to us it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). We want to be up-front with the community: we are people of the cross, and if you come to our church, the message you will hear is not about cultural conservatism or moralistic living; our message is the cross because our hope is Christ.
4. For creating community contacts. Our presence in the run was unmistakable. Some of our people were approached by folks from the community who wanted to know what we were about. We have no idea how the Lord will use conversations like these, but perhaps God will use our little efforts to expand his kingdom in the hearts of people in the Upstate.
Our Heritage winners:
- 10K: Matt Imes (46th overall) with a chip time of 38:21. The overall winning time was 30:27.
- 5K: Ben Imes (26th overall) with a chip time of 20:13. The overall winning time was 15:36.
The Greenville News posted over five hundred pictures on its website from today’s race. Below are some of the best from Team Heritage:
Waiting for the race to start. You can see the front and back of the shirts, artistic talent courtesy of Dave McQuaid.
Making the run a family event!
Joe Middleton, sporting the shades.
Heather McNeely, in the Heritage brownshirt.
Brandon Godwin, looking to pass some walkers.
Drew Van Reijn, on the move.
Pressing to finish the 10K!
Sarah Methvin, on the home stretch of the 5K.
Phil Adams, finishing the 10K strong.
Matt Imes, Riverside senior cross-country runner and part of Team Heritage. Matt posted the fastest Team Heritage time in the 10K. Congratulations!