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Admission to be free to ‘God’s Not Dead’

WORTHINGTON – Donations to allow the public to attend the film “God’s Not Dead” for free have been pouring in.

Nearly all of the dollars have been tallied, and it appears the goal has been reached. The public is invited to attend the opening weekend showing of “God’s Not Dead” for no charge. The first showing starts at 4:45 p.m. Friday, and various showings will continue through Sunday.

“The total hasn’t been finalized yet, but we have raised between $13,500 and $14,000 for free admission to the movie,” said Jesse Drost, chairman of the deacons for American Reformed Church.

Back in late February, Drost and Doug White, senior minister of Worthington Christian Church, started the process of bringing the movie to Worthington and making it possible for the public to have free admission on opening weekend.

Drost and White only had a few thousand dollars raised early on and were unsure about whether or not they would be able to offer the film for no charge.

“It just shows that people believe in this cause more than someone may have thought,” Drost said. “I’m very thankful for everyone who put their name on such a good cause.”

Money from local businesses and churches, as well as private donations, have poured in during the last few weeks.

“I just thank everyone who donated to this cause,” Drost said.

Some of the businesses that donated were Slumberland Furniture, Marthaler Ford and Chevy, Sibley State Bank, Cooperative Elevator Association, Weg’s Blue and White Dairy, Bousema Farms, Jaycox Inc., Real Estate Retrievers, KM Graphics and the Daily Globe, among others.

The Matt Widboom and Steve Dykstra families as well as other private donors, gave to the cause.

“We thank everyone for all the support we’ve been given from everyone who donated,” White said.

Donations are still being accepted. If someone is unable to attend the weekend showing, a ticket may be still be picked up for use during the Monday through Thursday showings.

“It will all depend how the opening weekend for the movie goes,” White said. “Since it’s a lower-release movie, it will depend on how the movie does nationally if the movie gets picked up for the following weekend.”

A booth will be in front of the theater all weekend before each show time at Northland Cinema for people who have not yet received a ticket.

“Large groups have been really good about letting us know ahead of time how many tickets they’ll need,” White said.

The public is encouraged to attend the Friday and Saturday showings, as the Sunday showing is nearly sold out.

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Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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