Edgewood Baptist throwing block party today

In its desire to reach out to its neighbors, Edgewood Baptist Church is hosting a free block party beginning with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. today.

“This is something we wanted to do for awhile, to say, ‘You’re welcome at our church,’ ” said Benjy Lamb, a church deacon.

All attendees will have a chance to win a flat-screen TV in a drawing.

To his knowledge, the church — on the busy corner of Macon and Forrest roads — has never hosted such a party. Lamb has been a member of Edgewood since 1986. He’s married with four children and works in the fraud investigations department at Aflac.

After the breakfast, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament begins at 9 a.m. Inflatables and other games will also be set up; and a free hot dog lunch begins at 11 a.m.

The church membership is spread pretty evenly throughout the city, with an increase in recent years from the military. “That means a majority probably don’t live in our neighborhood,” Lamb said.

Though the surrounding area is targeted for attendance today, all area residents are welcome.

You don’t have to be present to win the TV. The event is scheduled to end at 2 p.m.

The senior pastor is the Rev. Andy Merritt.

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