PICKWICK, Tenn. — It will be a Sept. 11th like no other this year on Pickwick Lake.
Money is still being raised and volunteers are still being sought, but a leap of faith by Pickwick business owner Jay Harrison to bring big time Christian music singers to the Crossroads area for an evening of praise and worship will happen on Patriot Day.
Called “United We Stand: Come to the River,” the free concert features Zach Williams, Big Daddy Weave and Robby Cummings. It comes to Pickwick Landing State Park at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, in the area called The Circle.
“It will be an evening of unity, hope and prayer for our country and for every individual who may attend,” said Balanced Life Ministry Founder Jay Harrison, author of Special Delivery and owner of The Outpost, a popular restaurant, deli, general store, bridal venue, ice cream parlor, retail shops and bed and breakfast inn. “There will be testimonies, reflection and an evening of worship.”
Patriot Day in 2021 “was the only day all three artists could come together,” he said. “This is not just a concert, but a mission and a cry for an awakening in the body of Christ for our children’s future.”
The concert stage will be at The Circle inside the park, but a large screen will be placed at the stage toward the lake “for everyone to enjoy from land and water,” said Harrison.
Both singers and the group are noted Christian artists who remain in high demand and stay on tour.
Highly successful singer/songwriter and recording artist Zach Williams of Jonesboro, Ark., earned his first Grammy for best album in 2017.
The American Christian rock artist was a member and lead vocalist of Zach Williams & The Reformation from 2007-2012. He was also the lead singer of the Christian group Brothers of Grace. Big Daddy Weave is an American contemporary Christian band from Mobile, Ala., and consists of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Joe Shirk, Jeremy Redmon and Brian Beihl. They have a record label.
Robby Cummings is a singer/songwriter and musician who has dedicated his life and music to God. He won the Native American Music Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording of the Year for his song, “If My People.” Cummings has released four CDs, including “Live from the Cree Nation” and his latest album, “No Greater Love.”
Harrison remains excited about the opportunity the concert will bring to the Crossroads area.
“After witnessing what has taken place at The Outpost and in our community, the Lord is leading me to take another step-in faith to hosting an event on Pickwick Lake,” said Harrison, who along with wife Cher, opened The Outpost in 2011 just north of Pickwick Landing Dam.
“As a believer, as an American and as a caring father for our children’s future, the Lord has opened a door for us to organize ‘United We Stand’,” he said.
“I have not only seen what God has done in my life, but the lives of others,” said Harrison. “I know firsthand that all things are possible with the Lord when we seek Him for direction and when we are willing to act upon it.”
“I pray that all will hear this cry in the wilderness to help us in this mission and to come to the river for an evening in the Lord’s glory,” he added.
A GoFundMe account has been set up with The Outpost Facebook page: https.//www.facebook.com/pickwickoutpost for those who would like to contribute.
Volunteers are also being sought to assist with the event and interested people should contact Harrision at jay@ pickwickoutpost.com