Fall fes­tiv­i­ties at Salem UMC

Food, fel­low­ship and pump­kins among out­reach ef­forts to com­mu­nity

The Covington News - - News -

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

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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