PB&J, anyone?

Published 10:37 pm Friday, September 5, 2008

It might just be the largest sandwich in the city’shistory.

Members of the Crosswind Church are trying to the make the largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich this city has ever seen next weekend.

The sandwich will actually be made up of 7,000 individually-made sandwiches that will spell out the church’s name. The church has already gotten the necessary 14,000 pieces of bread, 500 pounds of peanut butter and 300 pounds of jelly to make the gargantuan lunch.

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“It’s going to be big,” said Crosswind’s Pastor Fred Lane. “This is a big deal. We tried to call the people at the Guinness (Book of World Records), but they wouldn’t do it because they wanted too many restrictions. But we’re probably building the world’s biggest peanut and jelly sandwich.”

So, why the sandwich?

Crosswind is holding its grand opening as a church body in North Suffolk, with its first worship service at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at Creekside Elementary School.

For the past few months, the church’s 60 or so members have been doing a variety of events to introduce themselves and their ministry to the community. Next weekend, however, they are going all out with the “Goin’ Nuts” festival.

“We’re a new church and we’re kind of re-launching in the North Suffolk area, and we’re finding some different things to try and connect with the community,” Lane said.

On Sept. 13 and 14, in the vacant lots of the Bennetts Creek Crossing, the church is holding a festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including games for children, concerts, police and fire department presentations, door prizes (including the raffling off of a free Nintendo Wii) and, of course, food.

The giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which will cover an estimated 667 feet, will be made Saturday morning.

“It’s because we’re launching in Suffolk,” Lane said. “Suffolk is the peanut capital of the word, why not call it ‘Goin’ Nuts,’ and (the sandwich) is peanut butter, so it all fits.”

The event is free and open to the public, and Lane says there should be enough sandwiches to go around.

The church has already contacted local social service organizations, such as the Union Mission and Oasis, and has arranged for some of the sandwiches to be picked up and taken for those who could use them.

For more information about the festival, or about Crosswind, contact Lane at 439-1358 or visit the church’s Web site at www.crosswindonline.org.