There was a large amount of excitement in the atmosphere as members of i5 Church hosted their monthly Fuel Night on February 2, 2017. Fuel Night is a once-a-month experience for the church and interested guests to attend and connect with other believers. Fuel Nights aligns with one of i5’s goals of connecting the community with the church. I5 is a missions focused ministry that seeks to serve the community in practical ways.
This month’s event hosted Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning gospel artist Tyrone “Tye” Tribbett as the guest Pastor and speaker for the evening. Pastor Tye is known in the gospel music industry for his unique musical style. His current album, “Greater Than” is a phenomenal addition to the gospel genre. Tye Tribbet additionally is launching a church plant in Orlando, FL, called LiVe Church, https://www.livechurchorlando.com/about-us/ , along with his wife Shante. They anticipate the full launch of LiVe Church in the spring of 2017.
Pastor Jimmy excitedly posted “It’s on up in here tonight at Fuel Night!” to describe the atmosphere at Fuel night on his social media page. This event is one of many planned Fuel nights for 2017. I5 church is located in Odenton, Maryland and seeks to unite believers across racial and economical boarders. i5 Church is led by Pastors Jimmy and Irene Rollins, his wife, after inheriting the ministry from Pastor Jimmy’s parents.
Sophie, a congregant, attended the service alone, but “reserved the ticket as soon as it was announced”. She was excited to attend due to her familiarity with Pastor Tye’s music and ministry. Max, also a congregant, noted that “i5’s Fuel Night event quickly sold out through Eventbrite…I feel blessed to have gotten one.” This event was free, however, to make sure everyone was able to get a seat, the event required an RSVP and ticket. “We are crazy excited to have @bowtyetrib as our special guest…” Pastor Jimmy posted on his Instagram account in January leading up to this event.
Emily, who is originally from Florida and joined i5’s team because “Pastor Jimmy’s heart is pure for the people that he leads” took time to explain her love for the ministry of i5. Her admiration for the ministry included events, such as Fuel Night, that invited church members and community members to join together for a night of worship.
While waiting for the doors to open, a few excited attendees explained that i5 “is welcoming and friendly church that hosts a lot of great events.” two ladies waiting for Fuel Night to commence explained what led them to join i5 Church; they both agreed that the church was “genuine in its concern for people”. I asked one of the ladies to further explain and she replied that “The people at i5 do not make anyone feel unwelcome” and that “This is a church where you can come as you are for real and be treated the same as anyone else.
Fuel Night hosted a packed house and did not disappoint its audience.