Grace United Methodist helps feed firefighters battling mountain fires

PICKENS — Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens answered the call to help out the firefighters on Pinnacle and Table Rock Mountain. The Men’s Club barbecued 350 chickens and took a complete meal to serve to firefighters on Nov. 22. Many church members made pies, cakes, brownies and cookies to serve for dessert. The church bus was packed with food, cleaning supplies, socks, bandanas, toboggans for their heads and hand warmers.

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Pinnacle Mountain firefighters enjoy some downtime and a meal provided by Grace United Methodist Church.

The group met firefighters who came from Utah, Oregon, California and Idaho. Most of them had never had barbecued chicken, boiled peanuts, or grits (served every morning as part of their breakfast). All of them were very appreciative of the southern hospitality they have received while in Pickens County. Many hugs were given and received. One man said he would have to go on a diet when he got back home. The good home cooking had been hard to resist, especially all of the desserts.

Grace continues to collect items needed by the firefighters as well as praying for greatly needed rain! James McCoy-Bruce is the senior pastor of Grace.