The Commerce Journal

April 9, 2013

Commerce church plans to run for the nations

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — People run for many different reasons. Some run for health, others for causes and awareness.

Commerce Community Church (C3) is asking citizens to run for both.

On April 13, in downtown Commerce, C3 will be hosting its third annual Run 4 the Nations 5k, with proceeds going toward three of the church’s members, Colton Moore, Sarah Miller, and Caroline Carlson, to go on mission trips all over the world, including Africa and Asia.

Lanny Jones, who is heading up the event, said it is designed as an event for the whole family to enjoy.

“We are bringing people to Commerce for a family event that welcomes all,” he said. “It is meant to bring the community together.”

In the past two years, an average of 130 runners participated in the event, which allowed the church to send 11 of its members on mission trips around the world.

This year, Jones said he is is hoping for at least that many.

According to Jones, this event will be for everyone to enjoy, regardless of religion, because he said along with sharing the gospel, the missionaries are teaching English as well as meeting other humanitarian needs.

“In addition to meeting spiritual needs, physical needs will be met,” he said. “We are simply helping people in need.”

Providing entertainment for the event is Greenville native singer/songwriter Clint Stevens, who recently released a children’s album titled “Remembersing”, which is a cd designed to help children in memorizing Bible verses.

Along with entertainment, medals will be awarded for all categories of runners, and gift bags and T-shirts will be passed out during the event.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information on the run, or to register online, visit www.runforthenations.org.