Father’s Day on the Ship


ST. PETERSBURG – Every year Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Ministry celebrates the contributions of fathers, and this Father’s Day was different. Cynthia Pierce and her team provided a program full of food, music and fellowship.

More than 40 fathers, grandfathers and a few great-grandfathers were treated to a homemade three-course meal that included chicken, prime rib, rice, vegetables and a plethora of delicious desserts. Even Rev. John Evans could be seen eating his way through the dessert table.

The ladies served the men fine dining style, and the food kept on coming.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Virginia Rivers, who is the resident chef for the Women’s Ministry.

Once the head of the Culinary Ministry, she prepared 120 pieces of chicken and close to 60 pounds of prime rib all in Friendship’s semi-professional kitchen located in the Upper Room.

“The food was just absolutely out of sight,” said Rev. Evans. “You have blessed us and served us with so much love.”

Entertainment was provided by Kenneth Goolsby on his saxophone. Affectionately known as Friendship’s own Kenny G, he serenaded the fathers with smooth jazz for the afternoon.

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