Raising the roof

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The small congregation of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church in rural Kansas is planning a supper and gospel music song event as a large fundraiser in the effort to replace the roof at the church and make building improvements.

The Supper and Song in the Park is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Kansas village park. The free dinner is accompanied by live musical entertainment from Richard Clapp, The Kings IV and others.

“God’s blessings are overwhelming,” said Clifford Gale II about the immense project to raise $25,000 for the roof and much needed maintenance to the church building. 

The church celebrated its 148th anniversary earlier this summer and only has a congregation of approximately 12 worshippers. Gale preaches the weekly Sunday worship service.

“God’s blessings to our fundraising is similar to life,” he said. “We could not do this on our own. Just like in life, if we try to do things on our own we struggle, but with God in our lives we have better success and nothing to fear.”

Gale explained God has provided many opportunities for the church through different individuals wanting to help the cause by donating time and resources to make the fundraising efforts a success. 

Owners of the small Kansas restaurant, Grandma’s Kitchen, are doing just that. Mark and Sarah Beals are preparing and providing free food for the event. 

“They have been in business for less than a year, but they offered to help us without hesitation when they heard what we were planning,” said church member April Brooks, who is spearheading the event planning.

The Beals will serve pulled pork barbecue along with various favorite summer side dishes at the event. The only restaurant in the village, Grandma’s Kitchen opened for business in early November 2017.

“We are trying to help with the church,” said Sarah Beals. “When April decided to organize the park fundraiser, immediately we wanted to show our support. We absolutely wanted to do this out of the goodness of our heart. They support us and we want to support them.”

Food is available while supplies last. The church will sell soft drinks and water for $1 and accept free will donations for the roof fundraising efforts.

According to church officials, the last Raise The Roof fundraiser at the Paris Burger King moved the fundraising efforts to nearly the halfway mark at just more than $12,000. Prior to that the church held a fundraiser at McDonald’s Restaurant in Paris. 

Music performers Richard Clapp of Villa Grove and the Kings IV are donating their services to provide music at the event. 

Richard Clapp and his wife, Marty, previously visited the church and provided their music ministry.

The Kings IV is a family singing group based in Oakland. The group consists of Brad Lee, his wife, Kim, Traci Lee Montgomery and Rob Lee. 

Brad and Rob Lee have performed as southern gospel music duo stage act for more than 35 years. 

“It is amazing the support we have received,” said Gale. “It shows how much people in the community care about us and the church. Because the church is so old many people have connections to it in one way or another.”

This is a rain or shine event. In case of inclement weather, the event moves inside the Kansas Christian Church.

“The Kansas church has graciously allowed us to use their fellowship hall, if necessary,” said Brooks adding, “God’s work is evident. It seems like everything keeps falling into place during our fundraising

efforts such as people willing to step up and help our cause. Yes, God is right here with us.”

The public is invited to attend the weekly 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at the rural Kansas church.

“We would love to have more people join us,” Gale said. “There is no dress code just come visit the church, and share God’s love with us.”