What: JMUMC Men's Club Barbecue.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, East Ridge.
Cost: $8 chicken, beef or pork plates; $4.50 extra-large pork or beef sandwiches; $9 per pound.
The annual Jones Memorial United Methodist Men's Club Barbecue offers both physical and spiritual nourishment, says the church's communications coordinator, Shirley Baugh.
It is, she said, "probably the most exciting event that takes place in the Jones Memorial family during September" and "can also be one of the most spiritually rewarding events."
This is the 37th year for the barbecue, which will be served Saturday in the fellowship hall of the East Ridge church.
Though organized by the Men's Club, the event enlists the help of the entire congregation.
"It provides us the opportunity to get to know everyone as we work side by side," Baugh said in a news release. "It is an excellent time for Christian fellowship and witness, strengthening our church."
The funds raised by the barbecue go to purchase coats for needy children in East Ridge schools. According to Baugh, 2,100 coats have been purchased over the past 22 years, totaling $47,500.
Funds also go to help youth camps, youth assemblies and other charitable projects in the church and community. Some proceeds help finance projects by the church's United Methodist Women, who contribute homemade coleslaw, baked beans and tea, and youth groups, who sell advance tickets and make deliveries on the day of the barbecue.
Tom Martin started the barbecue 37 years ago, and it has been dedicated in his memory since his death. In the beginning, the men cooked about 500 pounds of meat, Baugh said. This year, they will serve close to 5,000 pounds of meat. They still use Martin's original sauce recipe.
In addition to barbecue and fixings, there will be pies, cakes and other desserts for sale, along with crafts made by the United Methodist Women. Diners may eat in or carry out.