THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
On Sunday, Sunset Church of God held its annual “Tailgate Sunday” event. This is an annual event that is used to draw people from throughout the community together for a day of fellowship, and worship. Four area high schools – Tarboro, North SouthWest and Hobgood Academy – all were represented at this year’s event. More than 670 people attended the event. Eight of Sunset Church’s Life Groups set up tailgate areas and cooked lots of food. This year three pigs, fifty racks of ribs, one hundred pounds of chicken wings, hotdogs, sausage dogs and all the trimmings and sweets you can imagine were prepared for the tailgate event.
Coach Jeff Craddock gave a very inspirational talk about his faith in Christ. Craddock shared that though he has had success as a coach at Tarboro High, most people don’t realize how difficult his early days as a coach at Tarboro High School were. He reminisced about people saying he didn’t know how to coach and there were even articles in the paper suggesting he didn’t care about his players. The point of his message is that God has a plan for our lives. It is not always easy and doesn’t always happen the way we dreamed or planned it would happen, but if we continue to trust God and keep walking in His plan for us, He will always bring us the best results in our lives and life’s pursuits.
Pastor Ricky Freeman said this year’s event went better than he thought it would especially considering the cloudy and drizzly day that it was.
“It was such a blessing to see so many people from throughout the community fellowshipping and worshipping together, this is how Sundays ought to be every week.” Freeman said he was very inspired by Coach Craddock’s message of faith and hope. “Jeff compared life and faith to a roller coaster ride, having been diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago; I came to realize that sometimes our faith is all we have. Coach’s message was very timely and much needed.”
During the service a love offering was received to bless two area student athletes, Eric Norville of SouthWest High School and Carson Smith of Hobgood Academy, both are fighting cancer. Freeman said, “That is what God’s family is supposed to do, reach out with love and compassion to one another.”