A look at the Valentine's Day drive-thru dinner event at First Presbyterian Church in Shelby on Sunday, Feb. 14. 

SHELBY -- Shelby's First Presbyterian Church played host on Sunday, Feb. 14 to a Valentine's Day Drive-Thru Dinner.

The menu featured chicken penne Alfredo, garlic bread, full salad with cheese, croutons and house dressing, a choice of chocolate or white cake and Dove chocolates.
The 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. event served as a fundraiser event for the church's capital campaign, Pastor James Robinson reported.
Volunteers prepared 140 meals for the motorists who paid $8 per meal. 
The meals were handed to motorists using the alley between the church and the U.S. Post Office in Shelby off Gamble Street.
"It's a fundraiser for church's capital campaign," Robinson said of the event. "Being a congregation that will celebrate 200 years here in Shelby in just a couple years, our building needs some love. We need to put in a new boiler system, and we need to preserve our Tiffany stained glass windows in the sanctuary, with some painting and chalking and work on them."
"So this is just another way to try to bring some funds into the church from the community," Robinson added.
"The community has been great and outpouring their love and support to us and helping with this, especially since we've done so much with the free dinners for the community," he said of the weekly drive-thru hot meals provided by the church for months when the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020.
First Presbyterian Church has a $60,000 goal for this capital campaign. 
"And we're so grateful we've reached the $37,000 mark this week," Robinson said.
He spoke of planning, "weeks, weeks," that went into the Valentine's meal event.
"The nice about it is we've been preparing for this by all the practice we got with nine months of meals that we did before, every week," Robinson said. "Just weeks of planning."
"We've been so grateful since we're a smaller congregation, we had some help from our brothers and sisters across the street," he said of Shelby's First United Church of Christ, where he also serves as pastor. "They also helped prepare food and sent in cakes and different things."

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