• Apr 15, 2010
Go to church on Sunday, sell on Monday? Well, not exactly, but General Motors will bring along the cream of its crop this Sunday, April 18, to the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church near Detroit, Michigan. For those interested in seeing the next wave of green technology, the procession will include the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

The event is being sponsored by GM Minority Suppliers and Dealers, and the automaker says the purpose of the shindig is "to build new relationships in the community and highlight the contribution of minority suppliers and dealers to the community and local economy."

We're not sure how common this sort of thing is with GM, let alone with other automakers, but we have to wonder if some won't find the event just a wee bit distasteful. That said, Reverend Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of the 10,000-member Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, says, "This is a wonderful opportunity to do something really special for Hartford church members. Something that has never been done at a church in Detroit."

Any who wants to know more or who are thinking of attending can find all the official details in the press release pasted after the break.

[Source: Hartford Memorial Baptist Church]
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First GM Ride and Drive Event Hosted by Hartford Church in Detroit

The newest Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs and Cadillacs will be available for a ride and drive at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday, April 18 following worship services.

Organizers say this will be the first event of its kind to be held at a Detroit-area church. Hartford members and the general public will have the opportunity to see and test drive the latest, top-of-the-line GM vehicles. The new, highly-anticipated Chevy Volt will also be available for review.

The purpose of the event, sponsored by GM Minority Suppliers and Dealers is to give attendees an opportunity to experience GM vehicles and ask questions without pressure. But if there are questions about purchasing or leasing a vehicle, loan officers from Comerica Bank and Chase Bank will be on hand to answer questions, and GMAC will discuss financial literacy. The goal of the event is to build new relationships in the community and highlight the contribution of minority suppliers and dealers to the community and local economy.

"Minority suppliers play an important role in the automotive industry by providing complex and sophisticated goods & services," says Leon C. Richardson, President of ChemicoMays, recently named a 2009 GM Supplier of the Year.

"We also play an intricate role in our community by providing employment opportunities, academic scholarships, and leadership development. General Motors also believes in community outreach and the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church 2010 GM Ride & Drive will allow consumers to directly experience how corporations, minority suppliers, dealers and the community are all tied together."

In addition to the ride and drive, special GM vehicle discount cards, refreshments, and car seat check-ups for children will be available. GM car seat safety experts will also be on hand to demonstrate the proper way to install car seats and answer questions.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to do something really special for Hartford church members. Something that has never been done at a church in Detroit," comments Reverend Dr. Charles G. Adams, Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. "This is directly related to the viability of the community we serve. Minority suppliers help to provide jobs and financial security for thousands of people in metropolitan Detroit. This Ride and Drive event is a tremendous opportunity to work in partnership with GM, its minority suppliers and dealers."

Known for his commitment to the community, Dr. Adams' vision is reflected in his commendable efforts to revitalize the community. Under his innovative leadership Hartford Church has purchased commercial real estate along Seven Mile Road, supporting the establishment of well-known restaurants, such as McDonald's®, Long John Silver's®, Kentucky Fried Chicken® and others. A Kmart was built on church property, employing hundreds of local residents. Home Depot now occupies the property and continues to provide employment and tax revenue for the city and state. On other church properties, Hartford has established the Head Start Agency and a tutoring program. This is yet another way to give back to the community. Hartford Memorial Baptist Church has nearly 10,000 members.

For more information about the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church 2010 Ride and Drive event, please call (248) 723-3263.

http://www.hartfordchurchdetroit.org/

Source: Hartford Memorial Baptist Church


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Love what the Volt is shaping up to be. Can't wait to get them in and sell some.

      http://chevyop.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's cool.

      Maybe Toyota could do the same by sending over some recalled/run-away models over to the Phelps family and their Westboro Baptist Church followers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder how much taxpayer money is going to end up lining the Good Reverend Doctor's pockets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Brings new meaning to the term Holy Rollers
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM advertises to people who buy cars, news at 11.

      Although the people posting that this is an OUTRAAAAAGE probably need their head examined.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well, what better place to pray for a miracle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Will they be visiting mosques, scientology centers,synagogues and atheists.(wait, atheiss don't assemble) as well?
        GMbandits
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they will learn something about: Thou shalt not steal dealerships.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And the procession of snarky "separation of church and state-owned car companies" comments begins in 3... 2...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure hope they'll have money-changers there. All I have are Roman coins.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Best Comment of the Thread. ^

        Fantastic point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish I could give you five stars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes sense to me, as hardly any church's preach the Gospel anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh they preach the gospel...of WEALTH!
        http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/12/did-christianity-cause-the-crash/7764/
        Perfect tie-in with Caddillac!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is the sad, tragic truth.

        They'd rather mollify 10,000 people that don't know each other with a car show than actually having a community of faith based on the Word of God.

        It is getting harder and harder to stomach the degradation that is continuing to infiltrate and dilute churches that are only interested in attendance stats.

        “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many." -Matthew 7:13.

        That doesn't automatically exclude people who call themselves Christians, conveniently.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just fyi, I just got back from driving past this church/GM show, and it has to be in one of the shadiest locations I've driven through by myself... I wanted to go check out the stuff, but with hitchhikers and gangs all around that I saw, there was no way I was going to stop and check it out... I understand GM's trying to market to a new demographic, but please, next time pick a safer place to do so, ok? Thanks...wow. I've never driven out of a place so fast in my life...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "but we have to wonder if some won't find the event just a wee bit distasteful"

      in what manner is a seller catering to their customer distasteful? All the major OEs cater to a very diverse customer base and often provide financial support for their various causes. Churches have long been the center of some communities and 10,000 people are hard to ignore. It's not like the preacher is gonna lead the sermon from the back of an Escalade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        “So it is interesting that GM is basically trying to target those who would be alienated by Ford's very public support of their ads in "those" shows.”

        I am thinking a Detroit church is not one of the groups pissed at Ford for advertising in gay media. You have the wrong denomination dude.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um...pretty sure black churches in Cali had a huge hand in prop 8, which took away the rights of gay Americans to marry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you remember Ford came under fire from family groups for advertising in certain, anti family films. So it is interesting that GM is basically trying to target those who would be alienated by Ford's very public support of their ads in "those" shows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      man gm execs need to smoke some doobs and get more creative with better ideas than these.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't find this distasteful at all. This is a great way to expose the Chevy Volt to a whole new demographic of people. Speaking as an African American, I don't think we are at the top of the list for Hybrid/Green car buyers. But also, we here in Detroit are VERY supportive of our Big 3. Many of those church members are retired from the Big 3, have family who still works for the Big 3, and drives one of their vehicles. You are not going to see any member holding a stupid "Government Motors" sign up like if they did this outside of Michigan or at a church who supports the Tea party.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fine.

        Do it on a week night. Do it some other time. Maybe. And certainly not at the effort of promoting a business interest over promoting the purpose for the church, to worship the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

        Sunday is the Lord's day, and for people to come together to learn and celebrate the Word of God, not to be sold a "green" car on a business and social statement basis.

        If you were outside my church, It would be impetus for me to consider it irreverent, and grounds for me to deny consideration to the product. It would also make me re-consider my membership to a church that has such things on it's agenda, and using it's congregation as an audience for advertising.

        Selling me goods on the front door of the church on Sunday morning is crass, at best. Depending on how it is handled, it could reach to the level of blasphemous.

        I say these things as a life long christian. and the son of a pastor. It is a constant challenge to learn and abide by God's word, without having people trying to sell you things at the door, or mislead you from the pulpit.

        "And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold the doves."
        Matthew 21:12

        If it wasn't tolerable then, it isn't tolerable now. His word isn't just a suggestion, it is the way, the truth, and the life that conquers death. Believers who are also fallen sinners, myself included, struggle enough with that as it is, without the moneychangers and salesmen at the church door.

        The rest of the week is plenty enough time for people to handle their business in the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM wants to sell to anyone and everyone. I can't entirely blame them for that. Although they should have enough respect and reverence for at least other people's religion, or possibly their own... to live and let live. Go to church on Sunday, sell cars on Monday.

        Personally, I find it much more problematic that this church is encouraging such behavior, when it has much higher work to do than sell cars to it's parishioners.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Boxer


        As someone mentioned before the preacher will not be giving the sermon from the back of a Escalade. There will be a display of "green" vehicles outside as well as representatives on hand to answer questions who will most likely be staying for the services. As mentioned in the article this event is sponsored by GM Minority Dealers and Suppliers. Churches put on all kind of events to bring business and the community together. As I mentioned earlier we (Michigan) are very supportive of our main industry and African Americans are very supportive of helping making sure that the few Minority Dealers and Suppliers that do exist can continue to exist. I just wish everyone would have that same attitude of looking out for one another.
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