Faith Assembly Prays for & Feeds First Responders

Cookies for Cops

One woman, a few friends, and a whole lotta baked goods – nearly 800 cookies, muffins, brownies, and slices of banana bread to be exact. Standing in her kitchen, Cathy Sutton, a member of Faith Assembly of God, wrapped hundreds of baked goods -by hand – to give to the York County cops.

It all started in January of this year when Cathy asked her pastor Brian Keith if their congregation could do something for local police to let them know they are appreciated. The gesture was prompted by what she calls “bad press” police around the country have been getting. Her patriotism and appreciation for law enforcement made her feel like they needed something special: prayer.

But Pastor Brian thought to add to the power of prayer and suggested the church host a first responder service with a luncheon that included, not just police, but anyone involved in emergency services: police, firefighters, EMTs, and members of their support staff such as dispatchers.

Before she knew it, Cathy was overwhelmed with the possibility of hosting so many people and their families at her church but set to the task of making contacts, printing flyers, and personally visiting local departments and offices all around York County. The Luncheon was a success. Approximately 36 first responders and their families showed up for spaghetti casserole and a service to honor them. Pleased with the outcome, there are plans of doing another luncheon next year. But this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Cathy taking counts of brownies she bagged at her kitchen table

The bags that Cathy filled with 800 or so goodies contain homemade baked goods prepared by a dozen ladies at Faith Assembly. Each goody bag has a tag that lets first responders know they are loved and appreciated. It’s  a “follow-up outreach to let the first responders know that we pray for them often…we want to be there for them if they need anything” says Cathy. Like the fliers for the luncheon, these too are personally delivered.

Captian Cornwell and Major Huggins help Cathy bring boxes of baked goods into the office

The Rock Hill Police Department and various fire departments throughout the county have already received batches of baked goods, but the biggest haul yet is the York County Sheriff’s Department, where Cathy dropped off sweets for over 300 people.

Cathy is pleased with the help she’s had from the ladies at her church who offered to bake and said her previous dropoffs yielded some very appreciative officers.

York County Sheriff, York Police, Rock Hill Police, Clover Police, firefighters, ambulance, support staff, anyone who is a first responder or in their offices are included in the outreach.

Faith Assembly of God holds services Sundays 10:30am and Wednesdays 6:30pm at 2800 Faith Blvd.
Rock Hill, SC 29730.

In honor of James Brent McCants. May 2, 1969 – September 25, 1992
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