Calvary United Methodist to mark 11 years of breakfast ministry

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

Volunteers and members at Calvary United Methodist Church serve up free eggs, bacon and sausage and more during the monthly free community breakfasts at the church's community outreach center. The church will celebrate its 11th year Saturday and also hold a food drive for the Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry.

For more than a decade, a month at a time, members and volunteers at Calvary United Methodist Church have served free breakfasts to the community. But the nourishment has gone both ways.

Saturday, from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m., the community breakfast will mark its 11th year of operation at the church's community outreach center, located at 2029 Ky. 303 and West Tucker Road.

And along with the menu of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, gravy, three kinds of pancakes, coffee, juice, milk and water is a side of joy.

"I've been to a lot of community breakfasts," volunteer and church member Don Conley said, "but when people come through our line to get food, you can see the joy on the faces of the workers. They're just so happy."

Conley stressed that all of the people who give of their time and kitchen skills to feed the approximate 150-200 people on the second Saturday of each month are volunteers.

"We've never been short-handed. We never put a list on the bulletin board asking for volunteers," he said. The breakfast was only stopped once earlier this year, Conley said, due to icy weather conditions. Other than that, they have operated each month for 11 years this weekend.

One volunteer, who Conley described as "a dedicated egg scrambler," doesn't even attend Calvary UMC.

"I believe the man's a Baptist," he said. "Nothing wrong with that! But he's dedicated and there every month. To me, that's so giving of him."

Conley said aside from the food, it's the fellowship many people enjoy. One family even makes it a monthly meeting place.

"We don't get into 'where do you go to church?' or "why don't you come here,'" he added. "We don't get into religious discussions unless someone asks us. It's not an endeavor to increase membership."

Instead, he said it's about blessing others. And as part of that mission, those who can are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry.

Eric Walker is the sports editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Messenger, editor for the Murray Ledger & Times, and in public relations. He is married with two sons.