By Kaaren Niver, Synod Communicator for Faith, Batesburg-Leesville

On Saturday, October 21, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville invited the community to the church grounds from 9 AM to 2 PM for a day of fun, food, and fellowship-free of charge. For the eighth year in a row, the congregation pooled its resources and its energy to provide games (with prizes), train rides, bouncy houses (3 of them!), face painting, balloons, live music, and more.

Free food included popcorn, cotton candy, lemonade, and water all day, and free hot dogs beginning at 11:30. This year, the church gave away 600 hot dogs, countless bags of popcorn and cotton candy, gallons of lemonade, goldfish crackers, and prizes.

The Gideons were on hand giving free Bibles and New Testaments to anyone who wanted one. In all, 205 Bibles and New Testaments were distributed that day.

Many in the community have come to look forward to this day of free fun, and members of the congregation all pitch in to make it possible. Congregation members do the cooking as well as conducting the games (such as “Lucky Ducks,” “Go Fish,” the ring toss, and corn hole) and giving away prizes to the children. It’s a great way to connect with people in the neighborhood and provide a welcome in Jesus’ name to people in the community.

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