St. Mark, Lakeland, celebration includes first 'Collard Greens Cookoff'

Pastor Patrick Elmore and worship leader Violet Simon hand out certificates of recognition and appreciation during Sunday morning service.
St. Mark UMC in Lakeland kicked off a church and community celebration on Saturday, May 18, with the first ever “Collard Greens Cook-Off,” and culminated with a shared worship service on Sunday, May 19.
A “King of Greens” was chosen to reign as the master “purveyor and preparer” of collard greens until next year, when someone will attempt to dethrone him with their own “secret best recipe.” The men of the church prepared and served barbecue ribs and chicken and the women provided side dishes.
Sunday’s worship service was an exciting day of sharing with the community and demonstrating appreciation for local government in attendance.
Certificates of recognition and appreciation were presented to partner organizations, members of the community and city administration in recognition of all they do to make Lakeland better than it already is. Children achieving honor roll this school year were also recognized with certificates for their scholastic achievements. The adults who encourage them and mentor them all year long were also recognized.
The guest speaker Sunday morning was Phillip Walker, a member of the community and a City Commissioner.
The church reported that this was one of an ongoing number of activities in which St. Mark has partnered with the community to unite various segments of the population and to honor The United Methodist Church’s commitment to change the world for Christ.

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