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Church hosts annual ‘Wild Beast Feast’

By Staff | Jan 25, 2018

Toni Milbourne/Chronicle Tim Helman announces a winner as organizer John Goff V draws another name at the 2017 Wild Beast Feast.

Fellowship Bible Church in Shenandoah Junction will once again host its annual “Wild Beast Feast,” on Jan. 26. The event will be held at the Ranson Civic Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

This event is a celebration of the outdoors, presented by FBC church members who are passionate about hunting, fishing and shooting, and enjoy the opportunity to gather together and celebrate these American pastimes. In addition, the church will welcome guest speaker Pastor Nate Hettinga, a lifelong elk hunter from the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

“The goal is to provide a gospel message while reaching out to those in the community who enjoy the outdoors as much as we do,” said organizer John Goff V. “This event provides a way for our church members to meet others in the community who are also avid hunters and fishermen, and to share a meal and conversation. Pastor Hettinga’s talk will center on his hunting experiences while he also shares God’s Word.”

The event will offer delicious food prepared by church members, including soame wild game dishes. While enjoying the meal, attendees will be treated to live bluegrass music by local artists.

At the conclusion of the meal, the annual gun and prize giveaway will take place. Each person in attendance will receive an entry ticket for the prize drawings. This year’s grand prizes include a Henry, H006MR Big Boy, .357 magnum; a Chiappa, C6 pump action 12 gauge; a Ruger 10/22 wooden stock .22 lr; a Ruger American bolt action .270; a Winchester XPR bolt action .308; and a shoulder mount provided by Corbins Wildlife Art Taxidermy.

Each of the guns given at the event are donated by individuals for the event. All state and federal firearm laws are followed and any individual who wins one of the guns must pass a standard Federal application and background check. Although the guns will be on display at the Jan. 26 event, winners will need to pick up their prizes at Valley Guns 2 in Inwood, where they will go through the background check process.

In addition to the grand prizes, Goff said, there will be many other hunting, camping and fishing-related door prizes. A separate prize table will be set up for children’s prizes for those 13 and under.

The Beast Feast is a family-friendly event and the church members hosting the event encourage families to attend. Now in its ninth year, the event began as a small gathering at the church but has continued to grow and now provides a way for the church to reach out to the community.

Pastor Van Marsceau said similar events are popular in other parts of the country, but Fellowship hosts the only local event of its kind.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages two to 13; children under two are free and can be purchased via the church website at www.fellowshipwv.org or from church members.

Additional information about the Beast Feast can be found on the church website or by calling the church office at 304-728-3700.