One for all and all for fun: Community gathers at Mahomet Christian Church's fall festival

Mahomet Christian Church's second annual fall festival brought community members together for an afternoon of activities and fellowship.

"It's nice to see everybody," attendee and church member Wilma Dyson said. "It's fun to see people in the community I may not have run into for a long time."

Dyson assisted youngsters with the golf station where children attempted to putt golf balls into carved pumpkins holes.

"It's fun to watch the littles just trying things," she said. "Swinging golf clubs? Oh yeah!" Dyson added while laughing.

Last year Dyson met a couple from Candlewood Estates who she described as not "having a whole lot," and this year, Dyson hoped to visit and chat with the pair again.

"They just enjoyed themselves so thoroughly," she said. "It was the best thing in the world and I enjoyed just getting to know them. It was wonderful."

Jaime Watts brought her son Brayden Watts for an afternoon of family fun. The 7-year-old enjoyed launching plush Angry Birds from a slingshot, attempting to land a ring on a bottle of pop, tossing the football, and, of course, the cakewalk.

His favorite part?

"The candy!" Jaime Watts joked.

Jaime Watts enjoyed the freedom and relaxed vibe of the event.

"I like talking and catching up with people and still being able to keep an eye on my child while allowing them to run," she said.

"It's just a good thing," she added. "It's a great idea to bring the community together. It's nice to meet others from the area."

Vie and Emily Ward were tickled at son Esten Beherns-Ward, 2, who timidly placed the ring on the soda pop bottles.

"I just like watching him do some activities and beating her in tic tac toe," Vie Ward joked.

"It's fun seeing him try some hands-on games," Emily Ward added.

The couple agreed the event was a fantastic way to bring the community together.

"It gets people who maybe don't know each other to meet and makes everybody feel like they're apart of the community," Vie Ward said. "And it's finally feeling like fall and it's a great way to spend the weekend."

Event organizers Sandy Beherns and Dixie Schoonover began event preparation six months ago and credit much of the congregation and community members for their willingness to make activity stations and donate cake and candy.

"We had different church members make our games," Beherns said. "Pastor Dave (Johnson) made the sock-it-to-the-devil game (a toss game) and other church members helped make the Angry Birds last year."

"It takes a village of people," she added.

Both found the event to be a rewarding day.

"It's just an opportunity to come out and have fun," Beherns said.

"The adults were having just as much fun as the kids," Schoonover added.

The event is part of Mahomet Christian Church's For Mahomet campaign.

"We don't want to just be in Mahomet," Pastor David Johnson said. "We want to be for Mahomet in everything we do, and we want to let Mahomet know we're here for them."

The theme for the pastor's message comes from Jeremiah 29:7.

"Seek the welfare in the city I have sent you because in their welfare you will find your welfare," Johnson quoted.

"We want to make Mahomet as good of a community as we can," he said. "We've got good schools, good parks, good sports programs, but we've also got a good faith community," he added. "We want Mahomet to succeed and we want Mahomet to want us to succeed. We want to be an asset to this community."

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