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Quest Community Church adds service projects to annual celebration

Jesse Garcia, left, Jason Roy, Aaron Branch and Michael Anderson are Building 429.
Jesse Garcia, left, Jason Roy, Aaron Branch and Michael Anderson are Building 429.

"What happened to Questapalooza?" is the question colorfully emblazoned on cars all over Lexington. Quest assistant pastor Justin McCarty has the answer.

Since 2006 the church at 410 Sporting Court has held a one-day bash dubbed Questapalooza. This year, the celebration has expanded and the theme has been tweaked. And the church's campus at 2250 Lawrenceburg Road in Frankfort is also included.

Through Sept. 16, church members are throwing "a party for our city" by serving the communities and inviting non-members to join in.

Using a social media campaign as its engine for the celebration was a no-brainer, McCarty said. Social media reflects "anything people are passionate about," he said. "It's a part of the community in the 21st century."

People may register online at Ilovelexington.com or Ilovefrankfort.com to participate in service projects, tweet pictures of people they love to be displayed on a wall in the church and keep up-to-date via Facebook.

The projects include bringing meals to fire stations, non-profits and sanitation workers; random acts of kindness; and providing treats to school kids. The week will culminate with a Questapalooza-like concert at the Lexington campus.

Church member Ashley Smith is looking forward to the weeklong event.

"Instead of people coming to us for the party, the idea is to take the party out to them," said Smith, an organizer of the event. "We are just so excited to really get a chance to put action to the way our heart feels about the community."

She likes to call this year's effort a "serve-a-palooza."

Questapalooza fans need not worry. There are several free worship events during the week.

On Friday, the God's Not Dead! Tour comes to Quest's Lexington location. The 7 p.m. concert features Newboys, Building 429, Abandon and Grace Campbell. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30 and may be purchased at QuestCommunity.com.

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