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Holy Smoke event raises $17,861 for
Methodist/Baptist Children's Homes

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From the April 20, 2022 issue of The Journal
   The 18th annual Holy Smoke Christian Grilling Competition at the old school in the Centerpoint Community of Webster County was held on April 9. The event was sponsored by Macedonia Baptist Church and supported by other area churches and many individuals.
   After such a great year last year, we really didn't think it could get any better. Boy, were we fooled! (Don't underestimate or put a limit on what God can do.) We were blessed with a nice day without rain. It was a little cool and windy but otherwise perfect. This year there were1 2 teams competing in the Cake and Bar-B-Que competitions and seven teams in the Cornhole Competition. 
   Gospel singing began at 10 a.m. and lasted until about 5 p.m. with well-known singers from the surrounding area and as far away as Jacksonville, Florida. Each of these individuals or groups gave of their time to help in this mission project. They were Mercy's Bridge of Sasser, William Herndon of Jacksonville, FL, Bubba Cobb & Harvey Wills, Blessed Assurance of Dawson, Russ Kern of Madison, Florida, and Jessica Welch.
   Bar-B-Que plates were sold from 11 a.m. until about 5 p.m. with all proceeds (including many individual donations) of the day being divided equally between the Ga. Baptist Children's Home in Meansville and the Methodist Children's Home in Americus.
   The 12 teams that competed, and another local church, gave donations and entry fees that totaled $2,595. The judging totals were tallied soon after the last meat turn-in at 5 p.m. and before the trophies were awarded local auctioneer Billy Black took the floor for about 20 minutes auctioning off all of the cake entries. This added to the entertainment of the day. It's a treat just to listen to the auction. This part of the event raised $9,931 (thank you Mr. Billy!), making a grand total of $17,861.40 that will be divided between the homes. Praise the Lord!  
   After the cake auction the judging totals were announced with trophies being given for the first three places in each category and for Grand Champion. We also awarded a championship trophy to the winner of the Cornhole competition. 
   The Grand Champion of the 2022 BBQ competition (that included all entries except cakes) was Weston Baptist Church, with 1st & 2nd runners-up being Safe Harbor Outreach and Ft. Perry Baptist, respectively. 
   It was a great day of fellowship and fun with brothers and sisters in Christ and great collective effort from all for this mission. We thank each of the cooking teams, singers, judges, workers and supporters that made this year's Holy Smoke another success and the best yet for funds raised.
   We also give a special thank you to Terry at Adams Food Center for his continued support, and to Chris Jones at Jones Sanitation, and to the many individuals for their personal donations.
   The donating teams this year were Preston Baptist, Shiloh Baptist (Americus), Macedonia Baptist (Centerpoint), Byron City Church, Weston Baptist, Pinetta 1st Baptist (Pinetta, FL), Richland Methodist, New Bethel Baptist (Dawson), Sasser Baptist, Antioch Baptist (Seminole), Bluffton Baptist, Ft. Perry Baptist (Oakland), and Safe Harbor Outreach (Parrott).
   In addition to the Grand Champs, Weston Baptist, other winners were:
   * Cornhole: 1st Place Safe Harbor Outreach.
   * Cake Baking: 1st Weston Baptist, 2nd Macedonia Baptist, 3rd Preston Baptist.
   * BBQ Sauce: 1st Weston Baptist, 2nd Safe Harbor Outreach, 3rd Shiloh Baptist.
   * Chicken: 1st Weston Baptist, 2nd Fort Perry Baptist, 3rd New Bethel Baptist.
   * Ribs: 1st Safe Harbor Outreach, 2nd Fort Perry Baptist, 3rd Weston Baptist.
   * Boston Butt: 1st Safe Harbor Outreach, 2nd New Bethel Baptist, 3rd Antioch Baptist.