Published Saturday, September 29, 2012
From Staff Reports
The members of White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church have a history of using their tithes and offerings for the glory of God.
The usual amounts individuals are able to give are not always enough to cover the huge burdens that Christians face in this country and all over the world. For that reason, when the White Oak barbecue was initiated in 1983, it became an opportunity for church members to team up and “labor for The Lord” in Coweta County.
Through the barbecue, White Oak’s members are able to support the labors of others to expand the Church, both close to home and in places far away in distance, language, culture and resources. All profits from the once-a-year labor of love and fellowship have always been dedicated to missions -- both foreign works and those closer to home.
Camp Joy brings the opportunity for special needs campers to enjoy the beauty of the denomination’s Bonclarken Conference Center, while offering activities planned just for their skills. Far away in Turkey, Pakistan, and Ukraine, church leaders receive pastoral training that is not available in their own home settings.
Much closer to home, the Coweta Food Pantry, Welcome House and Crisis Pregnancy Center benefit from funds generated by the hard work and great fellowship of dozens of White Oak volunteers.
On barbecue day, the White Oak grounds often look like the church is sponsoring old home week, with hundreds of folks hugging, shaking hands, and shootin’ the breeze — apparently having few other opportunities to see each other during the year. Some take their meals home to share with their families, while others just settle in around the tables in White Oak Hall for camaraderie with their families, friends and neighbors.
The date this year is Oct. 6, and serving will begin at 11 a.m. Barbecue plates, quarts of Brunswick stew and pounds of barbecue will be $8 each.