Friday, May 17, 2013

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2013 Update “Creekside Cares”

Five months away! Who’s counting? ME! I’m getting very excited about the Creekside Gospel Music Convention! We were very pleased with last years’ turn-out, especially considering it was our first convention.  Being that 2012 was a learning experience for me, I’ve excited to work hard to make  2013’s Creekside even better.  There may be a few minor changes here and there, but one thing we are definitely doing again is partnering with a local ministry called, “LIVE-IT.”  Why? Because Creekside Cares!
LIVE-IT is a non-profit organization serving the less fortunate in the Sevier and surrounding counties.
LIVE-IT’s motto is…”Taking the Bible out of the box!” LIVE-IT believes everyone has something to give,
therefore encourage those we help to LIVE-IT Forward and give of their talents.  They help organize
projects giving many schools, church and community groups an opportunity to work together and serve.

The projects benefit both those that give and receive.    The recipients of LIVE-IT’S ministry are sometimes children, sometimes the elderly, disabled veterans, single moms or widows.  Some projects include house, yard and car repair and some projects include gathering and delivering basic survival supplies.  In order to fund these projects, LIVE-IT operates a thrift store and uses profits earned to purchase needed supplies.

Maybe you’re asking- “What does this have to do with gospel music?” I’m glad you asked! By becoming involved with a local ministry during our stay in Pigeon Forge, we’re putting our message that we proclaim into action!  I like to say, “We’re putting hands and feet on the songs we sing!” We can sing about loving God and loving people all day long, but this is a GREAT chance to show it to those outside the doors of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center!

We’re asking our Creekside guests and participants to donate to LIVE-IT’s thrift store during the week
of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.  LIVE-IT will bring a truck to collect donations- all you have to
do is give.   Items needed are used clothing, used jewelry, shoes, accessories such as ties, scarves, shoes,
belts etc.  Other items needed are books, CD’s, games, toys and general household items.   I realize
some of our guests will be traveling long distances, but ANY donation is appreciated! I was really proud of the participation we had last year. In fact, LIVE-IT later received donations from guest that had planned on coming, but got caught in the bad weather and couldn’t make it.  Many of our guests gave items.  So…. Come on, Southern Gospel artists and fans… Let’s stock the LIVE-IT thrift store and leave Pigeon Forge a better place!

We’re looking forward to a great week all together. Monday night will be a special night to honor legendary, Ed O’Neal, Tuesday night will be the Diamond Awards.  We’re hosting the Pauline Patterson
showcase, devotions with Dr. Jeff Steele and filling the mornings, afternoons and evenings with the greatest music in the world.  Whew! It’s going to be awesome!

Make plans now- October 28,29,30 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee.  Special rates are available onsite.  Reservations can be by phone or online.  By phone,
call toll free at: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to .

 For more information regarding 2013 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, email Rhonda at or Rob Patz at