When Pastor Jamie Fowler was called to the Hasson Heights Community Church over eight years ago, the church was struggling financially. The church’s Session had always pledged 10 percent of its budget to missions, but it was only going to be able to pledge 5 percent to missions as it was going to take every cent of the budget to keep the doors open. That’s when Pastor Jamie suggested that the church hold a music festival to raise money towards it mission budget. The first Music on the Hill festival was held in the fall of 2010 and the mission budget was met.
The Hasson Heights Community Church continues to hold the Music on the Hill Festival every other year to raise money for missions, but now the funds are on top of its 10 percent mission budget. In addition, a 5K race has been added to the lineup; and the race is held every year. Funds from the festival and race have been used to help purchase a scooter for a missionary in Ghana who had to travel to many different churches; to help with the down payment for a handicap-accessible van for a man with Multiple Sclerosis; and to help purchase hearing aids for a man who had profuse hearing loss as a result of the chemotherapy treatments used to fight testicular cancer.
This year, the 6th annual Music on the Hill 5K race will be held on Saturday, September 9. This race is open to runners and walkers of all ages. New this year will be two kids’ races—one for 3 to 6 year olds and one for 7 to 11 year olds.