First Baptist Church, 201 Beach in Destin, will add seafood gumbo to its third annual fish fry scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

“Our early start time has been scheduled to allow parents picking children up from day care to take home a complete fresh Gulf seafood dinner,” said Jill Foster, director of First Baptist Child Development Center.

Using fish contributed by church members who are charter boat captains, including Captain Harold Staples and his son, Allen, the menu will also include gumbo loaded with fresh Gulf shrimp prepared by Patti McIntosh who teaches a women’s only Sunday school class.

“This hot meal, featuring fried red snapper, cole slaw, hushpuppies, baked beans, and a bowl of seafood gumbo, is a cool deal for a free will contribution,” said a smiling Bud Miller, church youth director. “We are raising funds to replace the air conditioner in our youth building.”

Miller, also a charter boat captain, will man the commercial fryer supported by the fellowship team that includes Glen and Marty Jones, Olivia and Wig Pollard, John and Pam Hassell, Patti and P.E. McIntosh, Wade and Vickie Lane, Marge Whitaker, Louise Glass, Shelby Henderson, J.J. Anderson and Rodney Syfrett.

“This annual fish fry, with eat in or take out, is a fun outreach for our church with an invitation to all of Destin to come sample our seafood feast as well as our Refresh services Wednesday night at 6:30,” said Doctor Farren Roper, pastor.

First Baptist Church Destin is a caring ministry providing spiritual growth for members and opportunities for our community with Child Development Center, Christian Elementary School and services that build a bridge to a relationship with God.