First Baptist honors law enforcement with dinner


First Baptist Church Pastor Glenn Sparks, left, shakes the hand of Sedalia Police Department Officer Travis Lorenz at noon Thursday before he goes downstairs for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner prepared by the church. “There are people in this town who support law enforcement,” Sparks said to Lorenz. “We really appreciate that,” Lorenz responded. Sparks said the church decided to host the dinner because of “the continual rash of police shootings, that weighed heavy on our hearts.”


Faith Bemiss | Democrat

From left, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mark Morgan, Det. Sgt. Tollie Rowe, Sheriff Kevin Bond, retired Deputy Randy Griffis and Captain of Law Enforcement Operations David Keller enjoy a noon meal Thursday at First Baptist Church. The church provided a dinner from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. for the Sheriff’s Office, the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat

On Thursday, from left, Sedalia Police Department Sgt. Daniel Keltner, Chief John DeGonia, Cmdr. Larry Ward, Det. Joey McCullough and Officer Daniel Benner have lunch at First Baptist Church. Darla Lansing, who worked with Pastor Sparks organizing the dinner, said they had a great team who pulled the event together. The church expected 110 people for the dinner. Besides the six-course dinner, served with chocolate trifle dessert, the church women made cookies, Sunday school children made cards, and gift bags were given out in appreciation of law enforcement.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat

First Baptist Church Pastor Glenn Sparks, left, shakes the hand of Sedalia Police Department Officer Travis Lorenz at noon Thursday before he goes downstairs for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner prepared by the church. “There are people in this town who support law enforcement,” Sparks said to Lorenz. “We really appreciate that,” Lorenz responded. Sparks said the church decided to host the dinner because of “the continual rash of police shootings, that weighed heavy on our hearts.”

From left, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mark Morgan, Det. Sgt. Tollie Rowe, Sheriff Kevin Bond, retired Deputy Randy Griffis and Captain of Law Enforcement Operations David Keller enjoy a noon meal Thursday at First Baptist Church. The church provided a dinner from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. for the Sheriff’s Office, the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

On Thursday, from left, Sedalia Police Department Sgt. Daniel Keltner, Chief John DeGonia, Cmdr. Larry Ward, Det. Joey McCullough and Officer Daniel Benner have lunch at First Baptist Church. Darla Lansing, who worked with Pastor Sparks organizing the dinner, said they had a great team who pulled the event together. The church expected 110 people for the dinner. Besides the six-course dinner, served with chocolate trifle dessert, the church women made cookies, Sunday school children made cards, and gift bags were given out in appreciation of law enforcement.

First Baptist Church Pastor Glenn Sparks, left, shakes the hand of Sedalia Police Department Officer Travis Lorenz at noon Thursday before he goes downstairs for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner prepared by the church. “There are people in this town who support law enforcement,” Sparks said to Lorenz. “We really appreciate that,” Lorenz responded. Sparks said the church decided to host the dinner because of “the continual rash of police shootings, that weighed heavy on our hearts.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516LawDinner-1.jpgFirst Baptist Church Pastor Glenn Sparks, left, shakes the hand of Sedalia Police Department Officer Travis Lorenz at noon Thursday before he goes downstairs for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner prepared by the church. “There are people in this town who support law enforcement,” Sparks said to Lorenz. “We really appreciate that,” Lorenz responded. Sparks said the church decided to host the dinner because of “the continual rash of police shootings, that weighed heavy on our hearts.” Faith Bemiss | Democrat

From left, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mark Morgan, Det. Sgt. Tollie Rowe, Sheriff Kevin Bond, retired Deputy Randy Griffis and Captain of Law Enforcement Operations David Keller enjoy a noon meal Thursday at First Baptist Church. The church provided a dinner from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. for the Sheriff’s Office, the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516LawDinner-2.jpgFrom left, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mark Morgan, Det. Sgt. Tollie Rowe, Sheriff Kevin Bond, retired Deputy Randy Griffis and Captain of Law Enforcement Operations David Keller enjoy a noon meal Thursday at First Baptist Church. The church provided a dinner from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. for the Sheriff’s Office, the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Faith Bemiss | Democrat

On Thursday, from left, Sedalia Police Department Sgt. Daniel Keltner, Chief John DeGonia, Cmdr. Larry Ward, Det. Joey McCullough and Officer Daniel Benner have lunch at First Baptist Church. Darla Lansing, who worked with Pastor Sparks organizing the dinner, said they had a great team who pulled the event together. The church expected 110 people for the dinner. Besides the six-course dinner, served with chocolate trifle dessert, the church women made cookies, Sunday school children made cards, and gift bags were given out in appreciation of law enforcement.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TSD080516LawDinner-3.jpgOn Thursday, from left, Sedalia Police Department Sgt. Daniel Keltner, Chief John DeGonia, Cmdr. Larry Ward, Det. Joey McCullough and Officer Daniel Benner have lunch at First Baptist Church. Darla Lansing, who worked with Pastor Sparks organizing the dinner, said they had a great team who pulled the event together. The church expected 110 people for the dinner. Besides the six-course dinner, served with chocolate trifle dessert, the church women made cookies, Sunday school children made cards, and gift bags were given out in appreciation of law enforcement. Faith Bemiss | Democrat
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