Lincolnton, North Carolina 28092
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Matthew 16:24
then said Jesus unto His disciples
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me".
Music:  "Hillbilly Deluxe" by Brooks & Dunn

August Event:  1st Annual Jerry P. Lackey Memorial Car Show, Covenant Church, Lincolnton, NC
On Saturday August 13th, the Cross Members Club was proud to honor one of its' founding members as we gathered at Covenant Church in Lincolnton, NC to participate in the 1st ​Annual Jerry P. Lackey Memorial Car Show.  This outstanding show organized by Jerry's loving family, was a great tribute to an exceptional Godly man.  Jerry loved The Lord and had a passion for classic cars - especially his GTO - aka "The Goat".   Many very fine cars turned out to help honor this great man of our community.   Jerry requested in his will that his family organize this car show to fund a scholarship for a deserving youth from our community.  The family did a magnificent job honoring his wishes.   Cross Members was honored to be a part of this outstanding memorial event.   Club members Randy & Margie Thetford received recognition for their 1978 Toyota Supra, taking home "The Best Import" trophy.  Joining Cross Members for their first event, were prospective members Scott & Lisa Rabideau from Lenoir, NC in their Royal Purple 1928 Model A Tudor Street Rod.  The Model A received the distinguished  honor of being named "Best in Show". 

​​Following a threat of rain throughout the week, the weather cooperated, and the campus of Jerry's home church was turned into a sea of beautiful cars.  I feel confident everyone efforts would have pleased Jerry very much. 

In attendance:  Michael & Beverly Moore;  Randy & Margie Thetford;  Joe & Deanie Morris;  Terry & Jane Edwards with grandsons - Grant & Carter;  Paul Haynes;  Randy & Pam Poole;   ​​Prospective Members - Scott & Lisa Rabideau
2017 Cross Member Club Event Summaries
May 27th Event: Cross Members' Annual "Toy Car Cookout" @ The Hamilton"s            05/27/2017
In keeping with the Cross Member's tradition, the club kicked-off the 2017 driving season with the annual "Toy Car" cook-out at the beautiful lake home of Max and Susan Hamilton in Cornelius, NC.  The afternoon began with a 45 minute leisurely cruise down highway 73 from Lincolnton to Cornelius​.  There we were warmly welcomed by our host for the afternoon.  A fantastic meal of bar-be-que, baked beans, potato salad, rolls, chips, and deserts awaited us.  Following the delicious meal, it was time for an excursion on the lake.  Our ship's captain - "Admiral" Max Houser gave us a scenic tour of beautiful Lake Norman.  As always, the first event of the year is special as we see club members that we've missed over the Winter months.  Joining us for the first time were perspective members Margie and Randy Thetford.  The Thetfords of Kings Mountain, NC, drove Margie's "high school dream car", their newly acquired 1987 Toyota Supra.   Once again, the summer driving season kicked-off in "high gear​."  Thanks to the Hamilton's for their superb hospitality in hosting our group.

In attendance:  Michael & Beverly Moore;  Tim & Debbie Edwards;  Max & Susan Hamilton;  Randy & Margie Thetford;  ​​Joe & Deanie Morris;  Don & Carolyn Brafford;  Rick & Carol Walker;  Terry & Jane Edwards;  Lavell Hall




​​​​​​​​​​​​​​June Event: Veterans Celebration & Worship Service, Crosspointe  Church, Concord, NC  06-24-17
​​Crosspointe Baptist car show was very successful with God blessing us with a dry day.  Ninety-eight cars entered and all attending enjoyed fellowship, free food, door prizes and a fantastic Veterans program.  Lots of beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles took home trophies and a bag full of goodies. 

In attendance:  Michael & Beverly Moore;  Guest:  Beverly's parents;  Tim & Debbie Edwards;  Max Hamilton, Don Brafford;  Randy & Margie Thetford

October 14th Event:  North Wilkesboro Cruise-In, North Wilkesboro, NC  10-14-17
October 14th brought with it, the final scheduled outing of the 2017 driving season for Cross Members.  The club gathered for a 1pm departure, to travel the back-roads of rural western North Carolina in our "toy cars", on our way to the hills of North Wilkesboro.  Traveling through the small towns of Catawba and Taylorsville, we were treated to some of North Carolina's most beautiful countryside.  Upon arriving in downtown North Wilkesboro, we were welcomed by many of the Wilkes County Cruiser - the host club for this event, and were pleased to park among a vast array of many fine vintage automobiles.  This cruise-in was a "trunk-or-treat" event for the kids, with many of the old cars displayed with candy treats for the "little goblins!"  Joining us for the first time was prospective member Chris Cook of Lenoir in his 2012 Competition Orange Ford Mustang.  Also joining us on their first Cross Members' cruise was Keith and Maranda Mitchell of Lincolnton, in their 1966 Ford Mustang fastback. 

The fall weather was fantastic.  The overcast skies kept the temperatures very pleasant, and helped add to a wonderful fall outing for our club.  It was great way to close out another successful driving season, full of wonderful memories, for our Cross Members Car Club.   Thanks to all the members that helped create the life-long memories that we all cherish. 

In attendance:  Joe & Deanie Morris;  Max Hamilton;  Lavell Hall;  Terry & Jane Edwards;  Mike & Beverly Moore;  Randy & Pam Poole;  Prospective Members:  Scott & Lisa Rabideau;  ​​Chris Cook;  Guest:  Tammy;  Keith & Maranda Mitchell


December 7th Event:  Christmas Dinner, Sagebrush Steakhouse, Denver, NC   12-07-17
On Thursday, December 7th, the Cross Members Car Club gathered at Sagebrush Steakhouse for the final event of the 2017 calendar year.  No doubt, this final event was our most significant event - as we gathered to celebrate our Savior's birth.  The Cross Members Car Club gathered once again for our annual Christmas meal.   This is always the last event of the year for our club.  It provides an opportunity to reflect on events of the past driving season, enjoy the fellowship of our club members, give thanks for the blessings we all enjoy, and most importantly pause to remember and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas  -  the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The group also used this opportunity to celebrate Cross Member Carolyn Brafford's birthday with a small cake and candles.    Thanks to Sagebrush Steakhouse of Denver, NC for hosting our group.  Everyone enjoyed a great meal and good fellowship as we closed our fourth year of existence.  
​In attendance:  Terry & Jane Edwards;  Paul & Cecila Haynes;  Tim & Debbie Edwards;  Don & Carolyn Brafford;   Lavell Hall;  Joe & Deanie Morris;  Mike & Beverly Moore;  ​​​​​Scott & Lisa Rabideau;  Max, Susan & Michael Hamilton;  Rick & Carol Walker;  Randy & Pam Poole
December 5th Event:  Christmas Dinner, Hesed House / Lincolnton, NC  12-05-16
Webster defines "Hesed" as Hebrew for ​lovingkindness.  Hesed is the idea of faithful love in action.  Often in the Old Testament, Hesed refers to God's lovingkindness expressed in His covenant relationship with Israel.  God's lovingkindness is persistent with unconditional tenderness, kindness, and mercy.  It's a relationship in which He seeks after man with love and mercy. 

​​​In celebration of Christ's birth, the Cross Members Car Club gathered at the Hesed House, the homeless shelter of Lincoln County, on Monday evening, December 5th at 6pm.   Christmas 2014 saw our club begin a tradition of sharing a Christmas meal together.  In keeping with the tradition, it was decided 2015's meal would be a little different, a little more significant, a little more meaningful.   The Cross Members Club decided to share a covered dish Christmas meal with the clients of  Hesed House.  It was decided that our club would have this event as our annual Christmas gathering.    As always, this event was well attended by club members and an overabundance of delicious food was provided.  The clients as well as our club members enjoyed a time of fellowship, food and a short devotional.  Joining our group for the meal and providing the devotional was Pastor Eric Reece of Boger City United Methodist Church.  Many club members also donated rain gear (ponchos, umbrellas, hand-warmers, toboggans, mittens etc.) to assist the clients as the need arises. 

These acts of faithful love in action is what sharing the Christmas spirit is about.  As we busy our lives making preparations for the celebration of a Savior's birth, let us always remember to pause to give thanks to our God for our overabundance of blessings.  Most important of which, the greatest gift the world has ever received - Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Cross Members
 is thankful for the opportunity to share the many blessings God has entrusted to us.  As always, the blessing was in the giving.   

​In attendance:  Don & Carolyn Brafford, Rick Walker, ​Joe & Deanie Morris, Max Hamilton, Lavell Hall, Kevin & Lanelle Coffey, Tim & Debbie Edwards, Terry & Jane Edwards, Robbie & Donna Scates, Vicki Lackey  Guest:  Pastor Eric Reece
September Event:  Big Iron Saturday, Anthony Grove Baptist Church, Crouse, NC  09-16-17
​​The morning of Saturday, September 16, 2017 saw the Cross Members Car Club embark on the short trip from Lincolnton to Crouse, NC to participate in Big Iron Saturday.  Following the quick trek up NC Highway 150, the club arrived at Anthony Grove Baptist Church.  Following a short registration period, Cross Members positioned their cars amid the 150 plus cars in attendance.  This well organized and well attended event, served as a fundraiser to assist young teens in their congregation to attend a summer Christian camp.  It was noted in previous years, many youth had made decisions for Christ,  some recommitted their lives, many that had struggled - came back with a renewed and encouraged spirit.  It was pointed out that one young teen had made a decision to enter the ministry while attending camp.  It is obvious the proceeds from this event impacts lives and Cross Members was happy to play a small role in this venture. 

Following a delicious lunch meal of chopped bar-be-que or bar-be-que chicken, slaw, fries​, and baked beans  -  it was time for the awards.  Cross Members Michael & Beverly Moore's 1999 Pontiac Trans Am received top 25 recognition.  Congratulations to the Moores for a much deserved honor!  At the end of the ceremony, Cross Members Car Club was awarded the Big Iron Saturday, Club Participation trophy.   This honor recognized the car club with the most members in attendance.  A very  nice, large metal powder-coated trophy was awarded to the entire club.  This impressive display will be housed in each member's home for a period of time.  The club sincerely thanks all that attended and made this recognition for our club possible.  ​

In attendance:  Randy & Margie Thetford;  Rick & Carol Walker;  Michael & Beverly Moore;  Joe Morris;  Kevin Coffey;  Randy & Pam Poole;  Lavell Hall;  Vickie Lackey Grooms, her daughters Addie Lackey Carson & Elizabeth Lackey Duncan, & her grandsons Connor & Miller Carson