The cacophony of chainsaws, splitters and axes rang through the morning as members of the Conifer community split wood for those in need. At Conifer Community Church’s annual Split & Steak on …
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The cacophony of chainsaws, splitters and axes rang through the morning as members of the Conifer community split wood for those in need.
At Conifer Community Church’s annual Split & Steak on Sept. 18, nearly 140 volunteers processed firewood as part of the church’s firewood ministry. The wood helps people heat their homes in winter.
With engines firing up right at 8 a.m., no time was wasted getting started on this daunting task. Clad in their neon “Split & Steak” shirts, volunteers staffed multiple wood-processing stations and got to work.
Ron Bailey, member of the logistics team and a distribution lead, explained that due to COVID-19, last year’s event was canceled. He told of the 2019 Split & Steak.
“Two years ago, this parking lot was full of wood stations and splitters,” he said.
While Bailey said volunteer numbers were down from past years, he still hoped the group could process at least 40 cords of wood. He spoke of the community aspect of the event, saying how important it is to local people.
“This is not totally a church thing,” he said. “A lot of Conifer community people come out to do this. It is a community function.”
Arman Prescott, head of the church’s wood ministry and the organizer of Split & Steak, said this is the event’s 11th year. He laughed and described it as “organized chaos.”
Volunteers spent the day splitting mostly pine donated by area residents and hauled to the church by a wood ministry team.
Splitting wood was not the only important role taking place during the event. There was also the role to be filled of supplying hydration and snacks for those tackling the piles of wood. Sisters Elise and Heidi Clark took on that role, as well as working the registration table.
The sisters were excited to take part in the event, enjoying each other’s company and all of the people who turned out to help.
“The most unique part is everyone is able to come together. It’s a great benefit to the community,” Elise said.
Heidi concurred: “People from all over our town get to come, and we get to spend time and bond together.”
By the time engines were turned off, the group had processed 52 cords of wood and served 17 clients in the community, well surpassing its goal.
Behind the scenes, other volunteers fired up the grills to prepare the steak portion of the day. Putting more than 100 steaks onto the hot charcoal grills, these volunteers got ready to fuel the recovery from the morning’s hard work.
To celebrate all their hard work, the volunteers began to enjoy a steak lunch, complete with baked potatoes, coleslaw and a variety of desserts.
For the volunteers involved, Prescott said, “I’m hoping they have a good time serving others and have fun fulfilling God’s role.”
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