Church gives back to emergency responders | Local News

A local church found a way to give back to first responders and thank them for their service.

Victory Family Church, which holds Sunday services at New Castle High School, treated law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance personnel and 911 dispatchers on Friday with a lunch provided by Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ of Ellwood City. The catering/catering company parked a food truck in the parking lot of the old Day’s Inn in downtown New Castle, where it served a variety of dinners to lunchtime emergency responders.

The event was organized by John Owens, pastor of Victory Family Church.

“Today is National First Responders Day,” he said, and he has been planning lunch with New Castle Mayor Chris Frye since April.

“God put in their hearts to become first responders,” Owens said. “These people give a lot of themselves, and we want to bless them and thank them for what they do.”

Owens said his church contacted New Castle Police, Lawrence County 911 Center, New Castle Fire Department, local ambulance units, state police and the sheriff’s office to bring as many people to attend the two-hour event.

Victory Family Church, which holds services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, has provided many services to the New Castle community since opening its local campus in February 2020.

Her many blessings to the community have included downtown cleanups, renovating a home for a widowed woman and her children, organizing free food and dinner giveaways during the COVID-19 pandemic, donating fundraising for a cafe in the library at New Castle Secondary School, giving people free petrol at local gas stations and, more recently, organizing a chest or treat for the kids on Friday nights in the secondary school parking lot.

The main church is located on Route 19 in Cranberry, Butler County.

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Jerry B. Hatch