1st Baptist of McConnell awards scholarships

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

October 6, 2013

The First Baptist Church of McConnell Richard Smith Memorial Men’s Fellowship Scholarships were awarded on Sunday, August 11, during the morning service. The church has given this award since 1987. There has been more than $38,000 given to the different college bound members of the church the past 25 years.

Funds collected for the scholarship come from a variety of ways. The major project of the men’s group of the church is to finance the scholarship. This is done by collecting aluminum cans for recycling.

“Everyone that attends the church is asked to save their aluminum. Some businesses and neighborhood friends of the church assist in the activity,” John E. Godby, pastor of the church, said. “The aluminum is stored in a church storage building adjacent to the church until it is taken to the recycler.”

Godby said memorial offerings and love gifts are given throughout the year by members and friends to further the support of the grants.

If you have aluminum that you would like to donate to this worthy cause, contact Godby at 304-752-7774 for pick up or bring aluminum cans that have been bagged to the kitchen door of the church and leave them. Recipients of the scholarship awards were given out by Jerry Calandros, treasurer of the Men’s Fellowship. This year the recipients were Alex and Corey Lakatos, Justin Simpkins, Rob Ellis, Stephanie and Melissa Thornhill, Austin Bayless, and Katelyn Vance.

“The Men’s Fellowship is grateful to all that make this program possible each year,” Godby said.