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Lodi churches play their first ‘Turkey Bowl’

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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2013 8:46 pm

Associate pastors at two Lodi churches came up with the idea to incorporate some fun to go with Christ’s teachings.

Brandon Savage, a new youth and family pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church, teamed up with Bear Creek’s student ministry pastor, Mark Weaver, to set up a flag football game at DeBenedetti Park.

So after services at the two churches on Sunday, the game was on, with a 2 p.m. kickoff.

The reason for the football game?

“To have fun,” Emanuel Lead Pastor Chris Townsend wrote simply on the church website.

Savage and Weaver came to Lodi recently after serving at churches in Modesto. They had worked conducted Turkey Bowls there as well.

“We’re all Christians,” Weaver said during a break on the sideline Sunday. “We’re not in competition with anybody.”

Townsend said he hopes the Turkey Bowl will be an annual event with other Lodi churches participating.

Sunday’s battle pit the adults from both churches against the teens and even some young children.

Townsend laughed when he talked about a member of his congregation at Emanuel who asked him if he should be playing football. Not that God would disapprove, but that Townsend might get hurt playing against some teenagers.

Weaver said, “The guys can feel like kids again playing against our sons.”

Townsend took advantage of the game by discussing in his sermons on Sunday what the Bible says about spiritual and physical health.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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