Through a coordinated effort of volunteers and generous local restaurateurs, the church’s fourth annual “Flavors of the Jersey Shore” event on Wednesday evening proved to be a smashing success.
“This event acts as a fundraiser for the church," said event organizer Elaind Brandt, also a member of the United Methodist Church. "We contacted the vendors and asked them to donate or serve food. We have soft drinks and baked goods here tonight, and all the restaurants have menus and business cards ready for distribution to the people who are here tonight. Everyone wins.”
Restaurants featured at "Flavors of the Jersey Shore" included , , Conco D’Oro, Sprinkle Shack, , , Kate & Ally’s, Tenampa Mexican Restaurant, and , plus others, Brandt said.
In addition to the variety of food served at the event, live entertainment was provided by Lacey United Methodist Church’s “awesome” vocalist, Fred Weidemann, featuring accompaniment from “The Lacey Guys.”
“This is an event that we all look forward to each year,” Brandt explained. “The people ask for it, and for Fred’s music. But, this is also an event that you can’t put on yourself; everyone has come together to help, and we are very grateful.”
Pastor Linda Applegate’s statement spoke volumes as to her appreciation for the efforts of all involved with this event:
“It is a blessing when the Body of Christ comes together in unity for service of the community, it’s awesome,” said Applegate.
“We have a wonderful team who has worked so hard on this day,” said the pastor, who also mentioned other events the church’s volunteers donate time to; such as the Hot Lunch Program on Thursdays and their Flea Market, held every third Saturday of the month from the spring until the fall. This weekend will mark the first flea market event of the season, and will run through the month of October.
Brandt and Applegate also described the regular ceremony for Blessing of Pets on June 24, the annual Art Show to be held at the end of July, plus the yearly Crab Fest on Aug. 4.
“This is an awesome group of people. It is an honor to be their pastor,” said Applegate.