Shepherd's Staff, an ecumenical ministry to the needy, invites the community to a cookout today to celebrate the Fourth of July.
"We are calling this a picnic for people who don't have a back yard of their own," said Kathy Brown, Shepherd's Staff director. "This is not a soup kitchen. It is a cookout."
Westminster churches operate soup kitchens every day, but the lunch giveaway is often canceled on holidays. Since 1996, members of Cedarhurst Universal Unitarian Church in Finksburg have offered the barbecue in place of the soup kitchen.
"They bring everything: grills, food, tablecloths and ice," said Brown.
About 75 people attended last year. Brown expects more for the celebration today. Volunteers will fire up the grills at 1 p.m. and plan activities for children and musical entertainment.
The party will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the back yard at Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.
Pub Date: 7/04/99