NEWKIRK — Newkirk and Kay County first responders received a loving tribute Friday, May 29 when the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) held a special luncheon in their honor in recognition of the work they do for the community.
The luncheon, which lasted from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., honored all Newkirk first responders, as well as the Kay County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center employees.
The Newkirk FUMC Mission Team had planned for quite some time to do an appreciation meal, not only for the city and county first responders, but also for all city, county sheriff and county detention workers as well.
The original plan was to host a cookout in the church parking lot and bring together both the workers and church for a time of fellowship and celebration to show appreciation for all the work they do in town and county; however, with the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was decided instead that the Mission Team would prepare the meal and delivery would be curbside from the alley behind the church. This would allow for fewer to be in a group to respect the “groups of less than 10” order.
Grilled hamburgers with all the fixin’s, homemade potato salad and baked beans and potato chips were served to 114 employees of the City of Newkirk, Kay County Sheriff Department and Kay County Detention Center. Devotion books titled “Strength for Service to God and Community” were also gifted to First Responders.