Joyce Dunne of FCUMC

Joyce Dunne, pastor of Floral City United Methodist Church.

For more than 25 years, Floral City United Methodist Church served the community with its Chicken ‘N Biscuit community dinners, drawing several hundred folks, until the coronavirus pandemic interrupted and the dinners were halted.

Although the popular dinners have not yet resumed, the church is planning a special takeout barbecue event to whet people’s appetites and raise money for missions of the church.

The public is invited to purchase plates of smoked pulled pork, a bun, baked beans, coleslaw and bottled water for $8 per plate, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Floral City United Methodist Church, 8478 E. Marvin St., across from Floral City Elementary School.

Orders will be taken and prepared by church members throughout the day. The homemade barbecue will be smoked with Pastor Jerry Belloit’s recipe.

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For group orders, please call 352-344-1771 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sept. 25.

“Our team had to cancel our popular chicken and biscuit dinners last year due to the pandemic, but decided to add a barbecue takeout style this fall,” said the Rev. Joyce Dunne, Floral City United Methodist Church pastor. “Our members are poised to provide this takeout-only service with homemade lunch or dinner for friends of the church to enjoy, and all at a cost of only $8 per meal.

“We expect to restart chicken and biscuit dinners this January as more folks get vaccinated against COVID,” she said.

For more information, call the church office at 352-344-1771.

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