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Love Works the Barbie


Everyone would agree that a gift of food is an act of love. That’s the sort of barbie we’re talking about on today’s blog. The barbie-Q.

Last year, one of the two large projects we took on for our Love Works initiative was providing a barbecue lunch for our city’s first responders. As you can imagine, this was a hit with our firefighters and police officers.

So much so that the fire chief asked us to put the event on the calendar for the next year.

We did.

When It Works

Since the event was so well-received last year, we decided not to change a single thing about it for this year.

We kept the same menu: pulled pork sandwiches, smoked and barbecued chicken, potato salad, fresh fruit and cupcakes.

After all, if it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it.


With a little ingenuity and a sign-up sheet, even a small congregation like ours can cater a successful (and delicious) meal to the men and women who put their lives on the line for the people in our community.

Work as Love

No one will pretend it didn’t cost a little money to show some love to our local police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Everything costs money.

An even bigger investments was required from most of us in our congregation. You know, giving up our time. Time seems to be a more limited resource than money in many cases.

Shopping for the food items took time. Preparing the meat and salads took more time. And showing up to transform the bay at the main fire station into a banquet hall required a multi-hour commitment on a Saturday.

The best news: we prepared enough food to enjoy the leftovers for potluck after church services on Sunday.

So if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by on March 20th for some of that delicious barbecue the firefighters had been salivating over for a year.



Freelance writer and editor whose background in education and BA in English Language & Literature amps her love of all things books. Twenty years of parenting and 26 of marriage gives unique insight to her preferred audiences of women, young adults, and teenagers.

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