Daily photos by Emily Saunders|
Epicchurch.tv, which is new to the area, gave $10 of gas to the first 100 drivers during an event Saturday. Bobbie Bradley, left, accepts her gas card from pastor Kevin Lloyd.
Church donates gasoline to drivers in Decatur
Many Valley motorists stop by for epicchurch.tv’s giveaway
By Holly Hollman
Gas fumes lured many a motorist out into the cold at the Beltline Shell Station on Saturday.
A church launching in Decatur gave away $10 in gas to the first 100 drivers.
The church’s name is the same as its Web site address, epicchurch.tv.
Members temporarily are meeting at 801 Fretwell Ave. S.W. as they look for a permanent location.
“You mean a church is doing this?” asked Angee Porter of Decatur as she waited in line at a gas pump.
Vehicles trailed behind her through the parking lot and down the access road that is south of the Beltline.
In front of her, drivers pumping gas tried to use their vehicles to block themselves from the bitter wind.
“I just saw the free-gas sign and, well, I need gas,” Porter said. “Ten dollars will help. That is a nice thing for a church to do.”
Rexalond Jarman, 6, gets her free hot dog and balloon.
That’s what the church’s preacher, Kevin Lloyd, wanted to hear.
“I feel like we need to do all we can for the community, and gas is so expensive and is something everybody needs,” said Lloyd.
Unleaded gas at the Shell was $2.75 a gallon.
“We’re a new way to do church,” Lloyd said. “A lot of people love God but don’t love going to church. So we are contemporary, and we are the church for people who don’t like church.”
The congregation is not associated with a denomination.
Members cooked hot dogs, aired up balloons and handed out epicchurch.tv information cards with the $10 free gas
“This would be a nice thing for more churches and other community organizations to do,” said Carolyn Williams, who came from Hartselle with her 19-month-old daughter, Elizabeth.
Williams read about the free gas event in The Daily and told her husband she was going to try to be among the fortunate 100.
“I drive from Hartselle to Huntsville every day to work, so every little bit helps,” Williams said.
Lloyd said the turnout was overwhelming.
Decatur police had to get traffic in an organized line to prevent chaos at the pumps.
Church members started the free gas event at 10 a.m. and were packing up to leave before 11:30 a.m.
“I’m very pleased so many came, and we plan to do this two more times in the summer,” Lloyd said.
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