Archive for Thursday, May 27, 2004

Church event says ‘thanks’ reintoduces church to community

4-hour event

May 27, 2004

Members of the Basehor United Methodist Church May 23 took advantage of sunny skies, warm weather and the weekend wedding of the pastor's son by throwing a spring barbecue for members of the community.

All told, more than 100 people attended the church's four-hour free event that was open to the public and featured live music and hearty barbecue entrees.

The event was billed in advance as a way for the church to show the community the appreciation its members felt for the support the congregation received after the former church building was destroyed by a fire in 1997. After the fire, the church was rebuilt in its present location, on County Road 2 south of Basehor.

"There are a lot of activities and it ended up being a very nice social event," said the Rev. Howard Johnson, the pastor. "It was a great way to show the community who we are and celebrate the growth of Christianity and our church."

Throughout the event, people congregated under the large tent left over from the wedding reception to stay cool and listen to gospel music provided courtesy of the three local musical groups, The Gospel Trailblazers, The Glory Generation and Tom Sack.

Intermittently, the younger members of the audience could not resist the temptations of the sunny afternoon and spilled out to the lawn behind the church's buildings to play catch, fly kites and climb on the playground equipment.

Sixth-grader Cameron Maughmer said the church's event served as a nice avenue to spend time with his family and friends and fly a kite high above the festivities below.

"I am having a real good time," he said. "I tried all of the food."

Meanwhile, a host of church activities throughout the day kept Bridget Davis busy during one of the first days since she finished the fourth grade and began her summer vacation. Bridget sang in the church's morning service and also sang at the barbecue social with her mother and grandmother in Glory Generation. She made an unscheduled appearance with Tom Sack, a former principal of hers, who was performing without the other half of his normal duet.

"It was nice to sing with him, but I was kind of nervous," she said. "My favorite part (of the day) was the singing, just because I like to sing."

Money raised throughout the course of the event via the free-will offering will help the church continue to grow and may be used towards installing a chair ramp to make one of the church's buildings more accessible to handicapped members, said Don Schultz, president of the church's men's club and one of the event's organizers.

Church members also hope that the event will allow Basehor residents to get to know the church, learn about some of the upcoming events, such as the vacation bible school in July, and possibly find a home for worship.

"As the community grows, we hope that people without a church home will find us and choose to become a part of the church," Johnson said.

Anyone interested in learning more about the church and its upcoming events is encouraged to visit it online at www.basehorumc.com.

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