SCC to host annual pancake breakfast for free
With so many activities planned on the islands for the Fourth of July holiday, Sanibel Community Church wants to help everyone start their morning with a full belly so they can enjoy the day.
The church will host its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast on July 4 from 7 to 9 a.m. Free and open to the community, the all-you-can-eat buffet features hotcakes, sausage, fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
“It really just comes down to we love our community, we love our neighbors, we love our guests that come to the island,” Pastor Doug Hummer said. “We just want to be a blessing to the community.”
Last year, the church served approximately 1,000 attendees.
“We made just over 2,400 pancakes,” he said.
This year, a kitchen staff of about 10 people will make them from scratch, as is usual.
“They’ll start real early in the morning, at about 4 o’clock,” Hummer said.
“We’re prepared for a lot of people to come join us,” he added. “Food is not going to be a problem.”
The church will also offer gluten-free options, so everyone can enjoy the camaraderie.
Hummer explained that dozens of other volunteers will greet attendees at the door and go over the menu, assist with serving them, and even stop by the tables to see if anyone is up for seconds.
“It’s absolutely free,” he said.
While the breakfast is free, donations are gladly accepted.
Any money collected this year will go to Boy Scout Troop 1740 on the islands.
“One hundred percent of the donations will go to them,” Hummer said.
He noted that the troop currently has 37 members.
“The scouts are very active in the community,” Hummer said.
After filling their bellies, attendees are encouraged to stick around for the 29th Annual Independence Day Parade, which will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at Tarpon Bay Road and roll past on Periwinkle Way.
The church sets up plastic chairs and umbrellas outside of Fellowship Hall for people.
“So there’ll be really nice, shaded street-side viewing for the parade,” he said.
There will also be two pop-up tents with free water and soda.
“People can help themselves,” Hummer said.
He added that parking is not an issue.
“We have plenty of parking available at the church,” Hummer said.
The community is encouraged to come for breakfast, then stick around for the parade.
“You get breakfast, you get a great spot to see the parade,” he said. “And Sanibel really really does the Fourth of July really well. It’s just a really, really good community event.”
Attendees are also welcome to come back on Sunday for one of the morning services.
“We’d love to have people join us for that,” Hummer said.
For more information, call 239-472-2684 or visit www.sanibelchurch.com.
Sanibel Community Church is at 1740 Periwinkle Way.