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FBC Fultondale serves up BBQ for communitycomment (0)

November 1, 2007

Most people wouldn’t peg 3:30 p.m. as prime time for dealing barbeque sandwiches, but First Baptist Church, Fultondale, has a corner on the market.

Members of the Birmingham Baptist Association church gave away 3,000 sandwiches to a steady stream of cars and walk-up traffic Oct. 25 at two sites, the Winn-Dixie parking lot and an empty church parking lot near First, Fultondale.

The Intentional Evangelism effort, Que for You, allowed church volunteers to talk with community members and introduce them to the church and they hope eventually to the Lord, said Pastor Mark Wood.

More than 100 sandwiches were gone before 4 p.m., and with every sandwich went tracts and information about First, Fultondale, and its ministries.

“We’ve cooked 800 pounds of barbeque so that when people ask, ‘Why are you doing this for free?,’ we can tell them about Christ,” Wood said.

The volunteers agreed, drumming up enthusiasm in some of the first winterlike weather of the season.

“We pray that everyone who gets a sandwich will feel the drawing of the Holy Spirit,” said church member Bert Hamrick as he prepared a sandwich. “That’s why we’re doing this, to help bring them to the Lord.”

The whole church was involved in the effort, Wood said, dividing into teams and preparing for the massive giveaway in about six weeks’ time.

“The church really got excited about this, and they’ve done all the work so that God can get the glory,” Wood said.

The event served to plant seeds in the community that let it know First, Fultondale, loves its people, he said. “And hopefully later when they (community members) hear about the church, they will remember today and that the church showed them love with some barbeque.” (TAB)

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