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FOWL PLAY - Lifeway Foursquare Church tosses turkeys with cannons, catapults for Thanksgiving

Wayne Dobbs and Bud Yonkers used bottles of soda, filled with chunks of dry ice, to blow Cornish game hens out of their Turkey Toss cannon.  While they estimated that the cannon itself only took an hour and a half to construct, the concrete at its base needed to set overnight, to prevent the super-cooled exploding soda from blowing out the back of the cannon. -
Wayne Dobbs and Bud Yonkers used bottles of soda, filled with chunks of dry ice, to blow Cornish game hens out of their Turkey Toss cannon. While they estimated that the cannon itself only took an hour and a half to construct, the concrete at its base needed to set overnight, to prevent the super-cooled exploding soda from blowing out the back of the cannon.
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ARLINGTON Chad Blood, lead pastor of the Lifeway Foursquare Church, just wanted his parishioners to have some fun as they looked forward to Thanksgiving, so flinging frozen turkeys with a catapult and shooting Cornish game hens out of a soda-powered cannon seemed like a natural activity to follow one of their Sunday sermons.
After conducting their services inside Kent Prairie Elementary Nov. 19, his congregation braved the gray skies and cold drizzle to take part in their first Turkey Toss, as those who threw their securely wrapped birds the farthest got to take them home for dinner.
According to Blood, such events reflect the Lifeway Foursquare Churchs focus on families and children, especially since at least a dozen of his current group in Arlington have children of their own, while also serving as a relatively lighthearted example of the role that he would like to see the church be able to play within the community.
A church shouldnt just be a static presence, but a moving force within the community, Blood said. We want to be able to present the gospel to all sorts of different people, while providing children with a safe place to learn about their relationship with God.
Blood and his group have been working since the start of the year to try and find a permanent home and establish a presence within the community, but in the meantime the Lifeway Foursquare Church has held monthly Sunday meetings in the schools and homes of its parishioners in Gleneagle.
We want to be more than just a place people go on Sundays, Blood said. We want to be a family that interacts with the community, because we believe in living our lives together.
To contact Arlington Lifeway Foursquare Church Lead Pastor Chad Blood, you may call him at 206-851-7995, or e-mail him at chadb@lifewayfoursquare.com. The Lifeway Foursquare Church Web site is located at www.lifewayfoursquare.com.

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