SOMERSET, Ky. (KT) – A Kentucky Baptist church wanted to show its appreciation for first responders in a tangible way.
So they invited them to the dinner table.
Immanuel Baptist Church in Somerset had about 50 first responders including city and county law enforcement officers for a feast on the grounds. They had hamburgers and hot dogs and all the fixins, said Pastor Ron Shepherd.
“It went very well,” he said. “All our folks were masked up and wore gloves and did all that. We set the food out and they came and got it.”
Shepherd said he called the Somerset police captain who gave him a time slot when most officers could make the lunchtime meal. They served food between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“We had some members in the church who made the suggestion because of the things that were going on in our society,” he said. “We wanted our first responders, who we love and appreciate, to know what they mean to us and the community”
Shepherd said it was an easy decision to make and the church was 100 percent behind it.
“We asked our church (members) to either give money or bring water or pop and food,” he said. “That day we had about 15 different people show up (to serve). We fired up a couple of grills and went to work. We had some ladies who came and served them. The first responders were so nice and seemed to really appreciate it. They sure ate good.”
Unlike in bigger cities, where police have been under attack, Shepherd said it wasn’t that way in Somerset.
“We just wanted to show some appreciation for what they do for us every day,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have excellent first responders in our community. Our church is in the city limits of Somerset. These folks mean a lot to us.”
It was also a good way for the church to reach out and touch the community, Shepherd said.