Pickens church honors city leaders

Pickens Seventh-Day Adventist Church pastor Kevin Pires, left, and Pickens mayor David Owens are pictured during the church’s Welcome Table feeding program on Dec. 30.

PICKENS — The Pickens Seventh-Day Adventist Church held its monthly “Welcome Table” feeding program on Tuesday, Dec. 30, from noon-1 p.m.

As a special occasion, the church members honored the leadership of the City of Pickens — mayor David Owens, police chief Rodney Gregory and fire chief Chris Elrod.

Owens attended the meal and represented the group, which received gifts from the church. In addition to their regular meal, the Welcome Table participants also received gift bags of personal items to take home.

“We are so blessed to provide a healthy meal to the community each month.” Welcome Table leader Becky Ford said. “We began in February of 2014 with no organization and no money, and God has blessed our efforts from the very beginning. Pickens businesses have donated to help us, and we are so grateful.”

The church is seeking to increase its outreach throughout the Pickens community in the new year. The Welcome Table offers a healthy meal to anyone in the Pickens community on the last Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Ford at (803) 414-9727.