Chili for Charity 2017

Join in the fun this February!

It is time again to mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Chili for Charity event for Ecumenical Ministries Inc. This year’s cook-off will again be held at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope on, Saturday, February 25, 2017. The fabulous fun-filled festival has something for everyone.  Besides being able to sample some of the best chili that Baldwin County has to offer, music lovers can enjoy  the pleasing tunes by local favorite, Blind Dog Mike and the Howlers and a performance by the Fairhope High School Encore Group.  Add a bake sale with out-of–this- world homemade baked goods, a hay ride, inflatables for the kids, balloon artistry by  Dr. Gee, antique tractors on display, and a mechanical bull ride for all ages.  It’s the perfect recipe for  a great afternoon of family fun that supports EMI’s many worthwhile service programs. 

This cook-off is still one of the best bargains around.  Adult admission is $12.50 in advance,  or $15 at the gate.  children 12 and under are free.  We also have handmade chili bowls made exclusively for the event by local potters, organized through The Kiln in Fairhope, just $20.00 each.

Sponsorships and teams are always needed.  For more information call: 251- 928-3430 (Fairhope) or 251-943-3447 (Foley).  

On Nov 6 - Eastern Shore cities and churches drawing hundreds together in support of peace


Daphne, AL—What began as separate visions at the Fairhope Police Department, Ecumenical Ministries and churches of all races and creeds in Baldwin County has become unified in an event in Daphne on Sunday, Nov. 6 between 3 and 7:30 p.m. that will draw hundreds together to promote racial reconciliation and peace. Three Eastern Shore cities – Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort – are coming together with representatives of more than 20 Baldwin County churches to plan and host Path to Peace. The event will include a peaceful march to the Daphne Civic Center, fellowship, complimentary food and beverage, music and an ecumenical worship service featuring keynote speaker Pastor Joe Johnson of Mount Hebron Church Ministries of Mobile. “I had a vision of people coming together in racial reconciliation and peace in a stand against the violence and injustice in our communities and nation,” said Pastor Wayne Anderson of South River Park Church in Fairhope. “When I began to reach out and share that vision, I learned that many others had similar ideas. So we came together with Ecumenical Ministries and its initiative All Churches Together (ACT II), and began planning what has become known as Path to Peace.” The event is meant only as a starting point. “The very nature of the Christian church is a call to break down barriers and bring people together. But we believe this is a hope that reaches well outside our churches and we invite anyone that shares that hope to join us,” said Pastor Henry Crawford of Good Samaritan Sanctuary in Fairhope. “The event itself is only a beginning. We don’t want anyone to leave on November 6 feeling better but with nothing changed. We intend on sharing concrete actions – large and small – we can take individually and as a community to promote justice and peace.” The activities are free and open to the public and all are invited to join in one or more of the following:

3 to 4 p.m. Meet at Daphne Civic Center for BRATS shuttle to starting points for march (Lott Park and Village Point Park are each a 1 mile walk to the Civic Center)

4 to 5 p.m. March to Daphne Civic Center

5 to 6 p.m. Gather at Daphne Civic Center for Food and Fellowship

6 to 7:30 p.m. Participate in music and worship service featuring keynote speaker Pastor Joe Johnson, Mount Hebron Church Ministries of Mobile Organizers say the next collective opportunity to show unity and peace is to promote the largest and most diverse turnout in history at the annual Martin Luther King Day march that will take place in Bay Minette on Monday, Jan. 16.

Fairhope Elementary School holds Iron Bowl Food Drive

From and Press-Register Staff

Fairhope Elementary School students held their annual Iron Bowl Food Drive in November to collect food items for Ecumenical Ministries in Fairhope. Alabama fans collected 2,236 items while Auburn fans collected 1,441 items. That is a total of 3,677 items. Pictured are FES peer helpers Hollon Brock, Sage Jernigan, Ceci Howard, Fredrick Bradley, Vivian Webster, Jane Perry Willis, Avery Clabaugh, Copland Bowman, Ellis Ikerman and Katy Sander. (Submitted by Amy J. Smith)