BBQ at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church

By the Rev. Michele Fischer

It has been said that if you don’t like the weather in South Carolina, just wait a few minutes. As people gathered outside Mt. Tabor in West Columbia for BBQ and Bluegrass music, the sun was shining, and the music was playing. In line waiting to fill their plates with fried chicken, pulled pork, potato salad and coleslaw, one person wondered what kind of dance was appropriate for the blue grass music attendees were enjoying. Another person lamented that it was the perfect night for a swim in the pool.

Obviously, that last comment was too tempting. Within ten minutes, a quick moving storm blew into the picnic. Fortunately, everyone had gotten through the line for food just a minute earlier. Grabbing plates, napkins plates and chairs, people scrambled into the fellowship hall. After bringing in plates and food, all who were able ran back outside, folding tables and chairs before they got soaked. The band reset their instruments and amplifiers, and everyone finished their meals, and the storm passed by as quickly as it passed through.

But the rain didn’t spoil the fun or the comradery of dozens of people working together to carry in tables and chairs set for over 100 people. The food was wonderful, and the unexpected excitement allowed for an exercise in teamwork, which is one of the goals of any synod assembly.

Thanks to Hudson Smokehouse for a great meal! Thanks to Mt. Tabor for hosting. Thanks to Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass Band for sharing their gift of music.

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