Reeds Chapel hosts ‘Free Lunch Day’ and basic automotive cruise-in – Valley Instances-Information

Reeds Chapel hosts ‘Free Lunch Day’ and basic automotive cruise-in

Revealed 9:30 am Tuesday, Might 16, 2023

WEST POINT — J. Smith Lanier II Park in downtown West Level was a really busy place in the course of the midday hour on Saturday. Two occasions have been going down on the similar time. On the nook of West third Avenue and West seventh Road, members of Reed’s Chapel Baptist Church have been cooking sufficient barbecue for 500 sandwiches, and within the shady space close to the car parking zone Fred and Judy Pruitt have been internet hosting their month-to-month cruise in.

Within the spring of 2021, members of Reed’s Chapel had a celebration of getting previous Covid by having a free lunch day. They ready a complete of 230 sack lunches every with a barbecue sandwich and chips. They arrange on the nook of West third and West seventh and gave them away to individuals coming by that very busy intersection. It went so properly that they made 500 sack lunches in 2022 and 500 extra for this previous Saturday’s free lunch day.

These annual occasions are organized by Affiliate Pastor Blake Alford, and plenty of Reed’s Chapel members work collectively to make it a profitable occasion. Some are doing the cooking, some put the barbecue sandwiches collectively and fill the brown paper luggage for the sizable crowd that at all times stops by. Malachi Ivey’s booming voice could be heard throughout city yelling “Free meals! Free meals!”

A number of passersby sound their horns once they learn the indicators that say “Honk when you love Jesus!”

“We began this in 2021 to have a good time the falling off of the Covid pandemic and the chance of getting again to regular life,” stated Pastor Jeff McCartney. “We wish to proceed have a good time this and to encourage individuals to get again and keep concerned in the middle of on a regular basis life. We’d wish to maintain doing this yearly in April or Might. We’re doing this to point out that native church buildings are right here to serve. Folks from our church donate the meals we cook dinner and the financial donations wanted to maintain this going. We admire individuals coming by to participate on this outreach effort.”

The car parking zone was full of basic vehicles and impressively restored automobiles. “We wish to maintain doing this cruise in on the second Saturday of each month,” Judy Pruitt stated. “Anybody who needs to point out a automobile they’re pleased with is welcome to convey it right here at no cost. It’s a pleasant, shady place within the park. We expect it’s a very good place to point out your basic automobile and calm down for a few hours.”

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