I blame the Baptists.
I've put on three pounds and it's from all the eatin'.
Baptists will throw a fellowship meal at the drop of a hat.
If an evangelist comes to speak at the church, the ladies cook a churchwide meal for him.
Everyone is invited to partake.
The senior adults gather for their own special potluck, usually once a month.. They bring casseroles, pies, banana pudding and asundry foods.
The young people have a hot dog or hamburger fund raiser for their mission projects.
Special holidays mean special meals at Baptist churches.
This past Sunday night, Emmanuel Baptist Church held a fish fry honoring First Baptist Church, their founder 50 years ago.
There was a grand turnout for the 50 year anniversary.
Tables were loaded with fried catfish, hush puppies, French fries, slaw, pickles and onions.
Everyone indulged, including the little children.
And, yes, there were dessert tables loaded with homemade cakes, pies, brownies, pudding and anything sweet the heart (and stomach) could desire.
Church members and guests were taking seconds without a second thought.
Pastor Kevin Murray publicly accused Bo Brandon of eating four pounds of catfish.
He wasn't far from wrong because Bo sat at my table.
The preacher was partly to blame because eventually he started carrying boxes of hot cooked catfish from table to table, tempting guests to try "just one more piece of fish."
Bo couldn't resist.
An Emmanuel member leaned over and said, "We Baptists really like to eat, don't we?" She noted that members had eaten at the church the night before. "We also ate at the senior rally in Pocahontas, and now here we are again."
I couldn't agree more.
It's for sure we have fine cooks in this part of the woods.
Church members bring homemade loaves of bread, hot rolls, all manner of salads, and deep dish pies.
They don't like to bother with finger foods. They want loaded tables.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, that will give many Bible belters excuses to gather for fellowship meals at local churches.
There'll be chicken and dumplin's, cornbread dressing, ham, creamed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, yams, salads, and a dozen other offerings.
I'm hungry already.
Bring it on.
I have two weeks to diet.
I need to mention that four members of First Baptist Church were recognized and prayed for at the Sunday celebration.
The four will leave tomorrow (Thursday) for a mission trip to Haiti.
I will mention, too, that there was lots of good special singing at the fish fry.
That always adds to the feast.
We are truly blessed.