Calling All Men

Jerry Moore, pastor of Harvest Hills Baptist Church, shows off some of the items to be raffled off at the third annual Beast Feast.

David Laughlin
The Duncan Banner

There’s just sometime special when more than 100 men gather in a church. Granted it won’t be a traditional church setting, there are going to be animal mountings throughout the auditorium, all kinds of wild game to taste and enough chili to feed a small army. It may not strike every man’s fancy but Pastor of Harvest Hills Baptist Church Jerry Moore expects more than 100 men to attend the Beast Feast starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

Moore’s desires for the Beast Feast is to draw men to the church. “All the major sports are about over, it’s too cold to hunt or fish, so we came up with this idea for men to come together and enjoy one another,” he said. “We really want men to feel comfortable, I told all the men of my church to wear what they would wear when they hunt,” he said. “We just want them to feel comfortable, absolutely no suits and no ties.”

Moore says that men are supposed to be the spiritual leaders of their homes. Moore said that in the Old Testament times men would be responsible for taking care of the male children from 6 years of age to adulthood. “The men would teach the young boys everything, they educated them and taught them their vocation and more importantly they would be their spiritual guides,” he said. “The theme we have today is some men not doing everything they are supposed to do, they would rather allow their wife to take the children to church while they sit back in their lazy-boy and watch the game.”

This is the third Beast Feast Harvest Hills is putting on for the public. Moore said he has seen a growth every year and hopes to continue seeing growth in the program.

Moore said men who attend can expect to taste everything from emu to buffalo. “We plan on having all different kinds of chili for people to try,” he said. “We will be having buffalo burgers, quail, duck, goose, emu and even ostridge meat for people to try. We are also going to have the auditorium full of all kinds of animal mounts. We really want to draw all the men together so they can enjoy themselves and fellowship.”

Dr. Bob Smith will present a special message at the event. “Dr. Smith is a good friend and he is a great hunter. I think the men will really enjoy what he has to say,” Moore said.

The festivities are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Moore said people can expect the gathering to be over by 9 p.m.

“We are going to be giving away all sorts of things, knives, fishing lures, flash lights and even a shotgun,” Moore said. “We are going to try to give the gun out first, after the chow time and Dr. Smith’s presentation, we just want the men to feel welcome. The goal of Beast Feast is to get men to come to church and enjoy themselves. We really enjoy getting them all together.”

— David Laughlin is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 144, or via e-mail at david.laughlin@duncanbanner.com.

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