After almost 90 years in existence, the Bluff Park United Methodist Church had again outgrown its facilities and embarked on a building program.
Mal Bailey came up with the idea of barbecue to raise funds for the new building. With the support of his Friendship Sunday School Class, the project was launched. Men worked in shifts for a day and night to cook and slice pork butts. That first year you could buy one sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for $1.50.
Now in its 17th year, the project includes a pit crew, five grills and 3,000 pounds of meat to be cooked over two days. Bob Walker, Andy Holder, and Marvin Broome head up the group of 15-20 volunteers.
Bob Walker pointed out that camaraderie has developed among the members in the process. Many who might not interact on a Sunday in different services and Sunday school classes develop friendships working side-by-side.
This year’s barbecue is scheduled for April 12-13. Sandwiches only will be served April 12 from 5-7 p.m., and plates and sandwiches, as well as baked goods, will be available April 13 from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the church’s Building Fund.
Bluff Park United Methodist is located at 733 Valley St. For more visit bluffparkumc.org.