Long noted for serving the spiritual needs of the Denver community, Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Church has for several years also attended to the more mundane hunger of local residents for good Southern home cooking.For the past 12 years, it has offered a fish fry in November and March, serving ocean-caught flounder and the usual sides to hundreds of grateful and hungry residents.In 2008, longtime church member Gary Jones happened to mention to Jeff Huffman, president of the Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Men, that no local restaurants were open on the Fourth of July to serve breakfast.Huffman, 52, realized a church-sponsored Fourth of July breakfast would be a good solution to the problem, and so another tradition was born. This year will mark the sixth annual Webb’s Chapel UMC Fourth of July breakfast.Last year, more than 600 people were served, until the food ran out at 10:30 a.m. The buffet breakfast includes eggs, grits, homemade biscuits, bacon, country ham, sausage, homemade sausage gravy, hash browns and fresh fruit. With prices remaining the same as last year – $8 for adults, $5 for kids and $8 for all take-out trays – Huffman expects an even larger turn-out. Serving will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 11.“Our breakfast will be about as ‘down home’ as you’re ever going to get in the area,” he said.To accommodate the expected turnout, breakfast will be served in the Family Life Center; diners will be able to eat there as well as at tables set up outside under the arbor.Feeding several hundred folks takes a horde of volunteers, including 15 cooks who will arrive at 5 a.m., and an additional 30 or 40 others to serve and help clean up afterward. “We try to get our volunteers home by noon so they can enjoy the rest of the day with their families,” said Huffman, who has been in charge of the event since its inception.A praise band will be playing, and a multi-media patriotic presentation will be offered. Members of the military and the Patriot Guard, with proper ID, will be served for free, as will police officers and firefighters in uniform.“This year’s July Fourth breakfast is especially important,” said Webb’s member Mike Huss, “as the proceeds will be used to help pay off the parsonage, the residence of Pastor Kathie Sherrill. We always look forward to meeting, eating and having Christian fellowship.”Member Ella Jane Reed added, “Our Fourth of July breakfast is a wonderful fellowship time to visit with so many of the people in our community. It is a beautiful day to celebrate our freedom, and Webb’s Chapel UMC is happy we can share the occasion with the community.”
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
Denver church serves all-American breakfast on July Fourth
Want to go? Breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. July 4 at Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 4640 Webb’s Chapel Church Road (off of Burton Lane) in Denver. Details: 704-483-9434.
Bruce Dunbridge is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Bruce? Contact him at email@example.com.
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