Pancake breakfast at Sanibel Community Church
More than 1,000 pancakes will be prepared, as well as 25 gallons of coffee, the morning of July 4 for the annual pancake breakfast, which is held before the island’s parade, at Sanibel Community Church.
“We love putting on this pancake breakfast,”Pastor of Evangelism, Assimilation and Discipleship Doug Hummer said about being a part of the island’s Fourth of July festivities. “We enjoy serving the community. It’s a highlight every year for us.”
More than 40 volunteers will begin making the pancakes around 5 a.m. that morning to ensure they are ready when the doors open at 7 a.m.
In addition to the pancakes – gluten-free available as well, – sausage, fruit, coffee and juice are on the morning’s menu. Hummer said everyone will be fed until they are happy.
“It’s going to be a great day,” he said.
Hummer said there will be plenty of decorations displaying the colors of red, white and blue, as well as the American flag during the pancake breakfast.
The bonus of the morning – prime location for watching the parade. Hummer said in addition to having breakfast, they set up chairs with umbrellas alongside Periwinkle Way for individuals to watch the parade. He said they have plenty of parking at the church, restrooms and free coke and ice cold water available during the parade.
In addition, Senior Pastor Daryl Donovan will have his book, “Able to Stand,” available for those who would like a copy, free of charge.
The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle Way, at Bailey’s Center. It concludes at Periwinkle Way and Casa Ybel Road, at Jerry’s Center. Youngsters from Summit Christian Preschool and staff will be in the parade giving away frozen Popsicles to the crowd.
“You see entire families come in and they are ready for the parade,” Hummer said. “I love the atmosphere, everyone celebrating Independence Day.”
He said he loves seeing how proud people are to be Americans on the Fourth of July.
“It’s a great day to be American,” Hummer said.
Although the breakfast is free of charge, the church asks for donations to support Summit Christian School.
“We will gladly accept donations for the little kiddos that are important to all of us,” Hummer said.
On average, 800 to 900 people attend the breakfast. Last year, the Sanibel Community Church was able to donate $10,000 to Summit Christian Preschool due to the generosity of the community.
Summit Christian Preschool has an average of 25, 3 and 4 year olds who attend classes Monday through Thursday during the school year.
“They are a high priority for us. I think the island sees that value with the kids too,” Hummer said of the preschool.
Sanibel Community Church is at 1740 Periwinkle Way, next to Jerry’s. For more information, call (239) 472-2684.