Archive for Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Church serves breakfast on the run

Victory Baptist members offer community service project on Fridays

July 16, 2003

Long before the Friday morning sun came up, David Lovvorn set up shop.

But the Tonganoxie man whose numerous pastimes include driving a mail truck, tuning pianos, telling stories and teaching Sunday school, wasn't working. He was manning a roadside stand at Victory Baptist Church, handing out free coffee, orange juice and sweet rolls to early morning commuters.

For a week, passersby along U.S. Highway 24-40 at the south edge of Tonganoxie may have noticed the sign that reads: "Wake up! Drive thru coffee and donuts Friday 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Free!"

This was a project devised by the adult Sunday school class Lovvorn teaches at the church.

The project has been fun from the start, he said, pointing to the homemade billboard.

"Just making that sign was nice," Lovvorn said. "We had three get-togethers just making it."

Friday may have been the first day for free breakfast. But it won't be the last, he said.

"This week we're getting a lot of people slowing down and looking," Lovvorn said. "I think next week they'll stop."

Just after he said that, a car pulled up, his sixth or seventh drive-by diner of the morning.

Lovvorn, dressed in a red shirt, bib overalls and wide smile, jumped to attention.

This time the customers were Rene McCracken and her two young daughters, Samantha and Claire. It was drive-up service at its best.

In less than a minute, Lovvorn filled the order, handing a cup of coffee to McCracken, and orange juice to her daughters. Along with the drinks, he gave them three sweet rolls.

Next up were Lovvorn's wife's parents, Leroy and Evelyn Bowman, who live between Basehor and Tonganoxie.

Lovvorn said his idea for the breakfast came from them.

"We do this at our church," Evelyn Bowman said.

Their church, Liberty Baptist, is at 131st Street and Parallel Road in Wyandotte County.

They didn't have as many drivers stop as Lovvorn did.

"We've got a lot of drive by traffic, but people are in a hurry to get to work," Evelyn said.

This is a good way to reach out into a community, Evelyn added.

"This is a community service to be able to set up a service where people can come to you," Evelyn said.

She said her church had tossed around other ideas, such as holding parking lot oil changes and car washes.

Lovvorn, who said that along with coffee and rolls, he handed drivers an informational sheet about Victory Baptist Church.

"We're not trying to convert anyone or anything," Lovvorn said, adding that several other members of the Sunday school class had helped with the breakfast.

Lovvorn said he and other church members had tried to think of other breakfast items that might tempt drivers to stop.

"It would be nice to do biscuits and gravy," Lovvorn said, laughing.

"But it would be hard to drive with."

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