It started in the Fall of 2010, with that vision's delivery: a call to "Gather the Church!" Berry said he knew he had a job ahead of himself, but he organized a small non=profit, obtained the necessary equipment, and then applied for a permit from the US National Park Service's DC Branch. Once the permit was granted, after the first conference call with National Park Service Staff, a group of churches in the DC area was chosen, and in a mass mailing, asked to participate in assisting to gather the church, as well as acting, themselves, as host churches for the event. "We immediately realized how valuable it would be to have partners in the Washington DC area, for coordination and planning. We felt they should be first, because the Church was coming to their home city. These churches were..." Berry produced a list. It broke down as follows:
-in the DC area-
Central Atlantic Conference; Ebenezer AME; National Church of God; and, Fort Foote Baptist.
"Amazingly, none of the churches volunteered to be host churches, registered to participate, donated to the "11/11/11-Gathering of the Church," or, apparently, participated by notifying other churches, globally," explained Berry. "When you add the churches we know were contacted by other participants, globally, we have a grim picture forming about the DC event!"
In view of the approaching September deadling to have the event plan finalized, One Church // One Voice is now working to organize a global simulcast of the 11/11/11 Gathering of the Church event, hosting one segment, and, also, broadcasting from the Pasadena, Egypt, and Maryland events, and also link with the composers of the event's theme song, "One Church, One Voice." Scottish worship ensemble Satellite, who they hope to have perform, along with various local and international worship groups. With the big "Line in the Sand" Gathering, in Pasadena, the 11/11/11 event is beginning to take on, within the Unites States of America, a distinct West Coast emphasis. They also still hope to have San Francisco Christian author of "Ahead of the Curve," Pastor Daniel Fusco, address the participants, along with other speakers.
"Churches can stay home and participate. In view of the economy, if Christians cannot come to us, we will go to them! We never said we would give up on what the Lord has tasked us with doing, and, we still hold out hope that a financier or sponsor will be found to keep the Washington, DC "11/11/11-Gathering of the Church" venue open. We also would share the existing permit with a partner who meets US National Park Service guidelines for holding an event on the National Mall. We have until September, only, and then we have to continue with the track of planning an internet-based, simulcast event. There will still be a lot to do. "Great is our God!" to quote our theme song!" Berry added.
Anyone wishing to financially support the Gathering of the Church may still do so by contacting One Church // One Voice at onechurch.onevoice@
Additional information regarding the internet simulcast will be forthcoming at the revelationsperberry.com blog-site, the 11/11/11 Facebook page, and, at1churchonevoice on Twitter, as well as the 11/11/11 Gathering home page: http//www.orgsites.com/
One Church // One Voice founder Robert Berry, author of the wonderful book, "Ephus and the Praying Bushel," pledges to donate a portion of the receipts from his family oriented work to the 11/11/11 Gathering of the Church. The book in available via Crossbooks, as well as Amazon.com.
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One Church // One Voice is a Christian non-profit organization, formed to organize and coordinate the gathering of Christians from all around the World in Washington, DC on November 11, 2011, or 11/11/11. Our vision is to tear down the walls between us.