Food Pantries Receive Much Needed Help by Famous Local Celebrity

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Updated: 2/05 3:56 pm
Ronda Rich, best-selling author and syndicated columnist, will return to Cedar Lake Christian Assembly in Biloxi February 22 to bring her Southern-flavored storytelling to a benefit to raise funds to purchase kitchen equipment for four ministries along the Gulf Coast that feed those in need.

The event, Feed the Flock 500, is being hosted by the Cedar Lake Christian Assembly Women's Ministry and the church-wide We Love Our City initiative. The auto race theme for the evening combines Rich's experience as a NASCAR reporter and publicist and the event's mission.

Recipients of this fund raising event are Feed My Sheep in Gulfport, Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi, The Lord is My Help in Ocean Springs and The Salvation Army in Pascagoula. Each ministry has compiled a Needs List and the church hopes that the residents of the communities along the Gulf Coast will come together to supply those needs. All proceeds from the event after expenses will go to purchase kitchen equipment for these ministries.

The fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 22, in the church's sanctuary, 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and can be purchased on line by going to the church's website, cedarlake.net. Tickets will also be available on Sundays and through the church receptionist's office, 392-6279, Monday through Thursday.

Rich spoke at a women's brunch at the church a year ago and so impressed the attendees and the men who served the tables that when the opportunity arose for her to make an encore appearance, the women's ministry team knew that the audience had to be expanded to include men. And that the event had to have a mission.

"Having Ronda come back to speak is the perfect opportunity to invite the community to come together along side these ministries to bless them with kitchen equipment that they need," said Terry Fountain, head of the women's ministry at the church. She said that items on the Needs Lists range from a chest freezer to a meat grinder to stainless steel work tables.

"Our Love the City initiative means that our desire is to be engaged in our community in ways that can touch the lives of people in need," said Murphy Matheny, CLCA Lead Pastor. "These ministries are being effective every day ministering to those who are the neediest among us. It is a privilege to partner with them in their vital efforts."

"We want to honor and thank these ministries and those who work in them. What better way than to meet their needs?" said Fountain. "Everyone needs a crew of friends to help them cross the finish line and we are hoping that people from Gulfport to Pascagoula will come to encourage and support these ministries that help so many people cross their personal finish lines! We can guarantee that everyone will be blessed by Ronda Rich!"

Rich is the author of six books, one of which, The Town That Came A'Courtin, was recently made into a television movie that made its debut Jan. 19 on the UP network. Her column is read by over a million people weekly in over 50 newspapers across the Southeast and her column appears regularly on Sundays in the Sun Herald.

She is known for weaving tales that are captivating and engaging and often interlaced with uplifting truths of life. Rich is a storyteller who tells stories of the South as seen through the eyes of its people. Some of her stories come from her NASCAR days and most of her stories come from personal acquaintance with the famous and not-famous heroes and heroines she has met and known. Rich, who descends from 10 generations of Southern tellers of tales, tells the South like it is -- unique, charming, emotional, funny, contrary and full of color.

Her books include What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), What Southern Women Know About Faith, What Southern Women Know about Flirting, My Life in the Pits, The Town That Came A'Courtin, and her most recent book There's a Better Day A'Comin'. Her books will be for purchase at the event and she will be available to sign books at the conclusion of her presentation.
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