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Hawkins UMC play to support Beautiful Deliverance, Eagle Lake UMC flood relief

Hawkins United Methodist Church’s dinner theater presents “A Visit From the Boss,” a play with a biblical message, Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at the church’s Abundant Life Center, 3736 Halls Ferry Road. 

The play begins at 6 p.m. Admission for the dinner theater and silent auction is $10 and includes the meal.

Proceeds from the program will benefit Beautiful Deliverance and Eagle Lake UMC flood relief. For more information, call the church at 601-636-2242.

Playwright Richard VanDenAkker said “A Visit From the Boss” is a story about a man named Riley Bendix, who thinks his boss coming for dinner, “But nothing goes right. A neighbor has a death in the family so they (Bendix’s family) have to send their dinner over there and they have nothing to serve.

“He then finds out his new suit was accidentally donated to the River City Rescue Mission and it’s league night and he’s supposed to be bowling.”

As Bendix is worrying about his situation, an elderly homeless man shows up at his front door wearing the new suit that was mistakenly donated.

“The derelict man, John Doe, comes in, and it turns out he’s seen some hard times and he tells his story,” VanDenAkker said. “Riley wants to take the suit back, and he’s got another suit to give him, but people only give away what they don’t need or want.”

Bendix then learns the man was close to committing suicide until he found the suit, and wondered who would give their best suit to a total stranger.

“There’s some surprises in the play and some curiosity as to who the man really was,” VanDenAkker said.

“It all goes back to Bible verse in Matthew where Jesus said, ‘Whenever you have fed me, or saw me naked and clothed me, or saw me sick and healed me, …’ And the apostles said ‘when did we do that?’ And he said, ‘Whenever you did this to the least of my brothers, you did it for me.’

“That’s part of what comes out in the play; it’s about helping other people,” he said.

VanDenAkker said the decision to help Beautiful Deliverance and Eagle Lake UMC was made during a meeting of the church’s missions committee.

Beautiful Deliverance provides faith-based programs locally to help people overcome their addiction or helps place them in faith-based treatment programs in other states.

VanDenAkker said Eagle Lake UMC has been providing meals, access and supplies to volunteers working on flood cleanup in the Yazoo Backwater Area.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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