Blue Ridge: Faith Baptist Church to hold first responders dinner on 9/11

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | 8:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —Faith Baptist Church will honor the city's first responders with a free steak dinner for them and their immediate family on Sunday.

"The event has a dual function," pastor Dan Kelly said. "It is both for remembering the anniversary of September 11 and also honoring the first responders that serve everyday that go unnoticed until something happens or goes wrong."

Attendees can expect a meal including rib-eye steak, salad, green beans, potatoes and rolls. Church members have also donated a variety of desserts.

“Hopefully we’ll feed them good,” Kelly said.  “Even if there are some service members on duty that can’t come, we’d be more than willing to make a to-go box for them.”

The dinner will start around noon following the church’s 11 a.m. service. Both the service and dinner will be held in the fellowship area of the main building, at 3909 Brown Station Road. Kelly said the church has received 50 reservations, and is expecting a turnout of between 100 and 150 people.

“We don’t want to keep them all day or burden them — just let them know we appreciate them,” Kelly said.

The church is still accepting reservations. To make a reservation, call 474-4957 or email Dan Kelly at



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