Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Chicken for Missions

"I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!"..."We are fools for Christ's sake..."
- 2 Cor 11:1; 1 Cor 4:10 (ESV)

JUMC has developed a good relationship with our local Chick-fil-a restaurant. Once a month, it's "Jefferson UMC Night" at Chick-fil-a in Pleasant Hills, and, roughly put, 15% of their profit from 4 PM - 8 PM goes to our church. We use it to help pay our Mission Share. Last night, I was permitted to don the cow outfit, work the room, and even stand on PA Rt. 51, waving at cars and encouraging them to stop by; my picture is on the right.

This has been a good way for us to make some extra money for missions and, just as important, it's been a great fellowship night for our church family, as we gather to break bread and enjoy one another's good company. Finding creative ways to make mission fundraising fun can be a great way to make the Connection mean more to people than a simple "tax from the Conference".

8 comments:

Greg Cox said...

Keith is ManBearPig

Jan Kindle said...

Keith, you are no COWard... looks like you are really MOOving and grooving in that costume! Sounds like a fun way to raise money... "Milk it" for all it's worth!

Eric Park said...

Uh...............

First of all, God's blessings upon your wonderfully creative efforts to impact the community for the sake of the Kingdom.

But.....

I'm strangely haunted and troubled by the image of you in a big cow suit! You look like the creature from Donnie Darko!!!

Run for your lives! It's McIlMoo!!!

Renaye said...

I thought that was you!

That's really cool. I like that idea!

Blessings!

Jeff Kahl said...

That photo adds a whole new level to the phrase, "Where's the Beef?"

Seriously, what a great way to encourage Christian fellowship that at once provides an outreach to the community and also helps to support the Methodist connectional system. Bravo!

Cheers.......................

Matt said...

Our Youth Group is doing the same thing with Pizza Hut next week. It's a neat way to raise some extra funds!

Clay Knick said...

Great place to eat. The best
sweet tea in the world.

I'm not sure that costume is
included in the job description
of a pastor. :)

Jeff St.Clair said...

Cow Tipping is cool... Oh, sorry for yesterday Keith!

Great work for the Kingdom. Our youth group did that last month at Pizza Hut, half the church came out and raised about $150 for the youth. Cool stuff...local companies working with our churches.

God's Grace,
Jeff