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SBC DIGEST: Colorado Baptists serve 19K meals; Jack Brymer Sr., former state editor, dies

Colorado Baptists serve more than 19,000 meals to fire evacuees

By Dillon Thomas/CBS4

LAPORTE, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 19,000 meals have been served to evacuees of the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires thanks to the Southern Baptist Convention. While many see the American Red Cross delivering fresh meals to evacuees every day, few know it is actually the SBC’s Disaster Relief Colorado team that has prepared the food for the past seven weeks.

“We have fed close to 19,000 people. That is a lot,” said Cheryl Wood, Blue Hat Cook for the SBC’s Colorado team. “Evacuees don’t realize the Southern Baptists are preparing the meals.”

For almost 50 days straight, Wood and 450 other volunteers have worked day and night to provide meals for, at times, thousands of evacuees. At a small church in Laporte, a town northwest of Fort Collins, the volunteers have cooked two meals per day through snow and ash, day and night.

Some, like Wood, have spent nearly two months living at the church to ensure the meals continue.

“I’d rather be no place else than here,” Wood told CBS4.

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From CBS4 in Denver. Used by permission. May not be republished.

Jack Brymer Sr., former state paper editor, dies

By TAB Media Staff

Jack E. Brymer Sr., a former managing editor of The Alabama Baptist, former editor of the Florida Baptist Witness and retired communications specialist for Samford University, died Oct. 28 at age 84.

Jack Brymer

A Baptist writer for most of his professional life, Brymer was active in many organizations, including the Association of State Baptist Papers, where he served two terms as president (1992-93, 1993-94), and the Public Relations Society of America. His writing won many awards, including the inaugural Religious Freedom Award by the then-Associated Baptist Press (now Baptist News Global).

Brymer retired from Samford in 2003, after serving in a variety of public relations, publications and communications roles. The Jack E. Brymer Endowed Journalism Scholarship at Samford is named in his honor. The education building of Mount Meru University in Tanzania also is named in his honor because of his volunteer efforts to help the university’s leaders develop public relations and alumni programs.

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