Gadsden First UMC helps host tailgate party to kickoff small group experiences


This fall when people in the Gadsden area think “tailgate,” many will think of 5th Street between Chestnut and Walnut in downtown Gadsden. On Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, that was the site of a “come one, come all” Tailgate Party hosted by Gadsden First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Gadsden, and First Presbyterian Church of Gadsden.

The Tailgate Party was a partnership between the three congregations to serve as a kickoff to six weeks of small group experiences focusing on Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Community: Better Together.

The atmosphere was set as different groups brought their tailgate paraphernalia and food. Free hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn and soft drinks were given away as members of the community were welcomed to the event. In addition, there were inflatable play stations for children and youth, and entertainment by the Gadsden State Community College Show Band under the direction of Mr. Rip Reagan.

Tailgaters also competed for the Best Tailgate Setup. Winners were “Friends with Twins” by Lara and Brandon Murray and Chris and Elizabeth Womack and their twin sons; “A Tailgate Divided” from First Baptist Church; and the “Kabob Tailgate” by Gadsden First UMC’s Thursday Morning Men’s Group.

There was also a food drive competition between Alabama and Auburn fans. Through this generous competition, two truckloads of canned and non-perishable foods were donated to the Etowah County Food Bank.

The “Better Together” Small Groups began the week of September 11 and will continue for six weeks. During this time, participants will meet in small groups for an hour and a half per week for prayer, fellowship, service, and conversation.

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