Fall festivities at Salem UMC
Food, fellowship and pumpkins among outreach efforts to community
Salem United Methodist Church consistently looks for ways to put their mission statement into action — to experience God’s love, share God’s love and grow in God’s love. For the past fifty years, the Salem Barbecue has been a successful fundraiser and community event, normally held during the summer in conjunction with the Snapping Shoals EMC annual meeting. When the EMC moved their event to the Georgia International Horse Park, Salem UMC chose to move the Barbecue to the fall and add events.
On Saturday, Oct. 18 from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m., the church and a host of volunteers will hold their annual barbecue along with a car show and motorcycle show and registration to the Kids Network. Proceeds from the barbecue will fund a mission trip for the Salem UMC youth in the spring.
The fee to enter a car or motorcycle in the show is $ 25. Bill “ Hotrod” Tidwell is overseeing the event and will offer a people’s choice award and prizes in the top ten categories.
Parents can register their children in the Kids Safe Network free of charge and will be given a card and a password they can retain in the event they had to give police information on a missing child. Immediate access into this data base creates a state wide alert that saves hours of time in finding missing children.
“ Our goal is to keep the tradition in the community and offer wonderful barbecue and stew,” said Marika Kanipe, mission’s chair at Salem UMC. “ For $ 7, you can purchase a plate of barbecue, stew, slaw, chips and bread with tea, or a quart of stew or a pound of meat. Gary Fincher, well- known in the community for his stew, is donating his time to cook the stew Friday night and Saturday morning.”
The UMW will host a cake sale and children can purchase pumpkins ranging from 25 cents to $ 10. The anticipation of the Pumpkin Patch, now coordinated by Marika Kanipe, has become a staple in the life of the church as everyone pulls together to unload several thousand pumpkins each year.
“ I placed challenges randomly in the pew Bibles that would take at least one year of a person’s life to put together,” said the Rev. Randy Kanipe, pastor of Salem UMC. “One of the members, Al Coleman, received the challenge to start a pumpkin patch and it has been going on for the past four years. I also put simple challenges that could be accomplished in one afternoon in the front or the back of the hymnals, such as bake a dozen cookies and take them to the fire department. A lot of ministries got
Salem United Methodist Church Pastor Randy Kanipe kneels in the pumpkin patch located in front of his church. Salem UMC will host a Barbecue and Car Show at the church on Saturday, Oct. 18.