The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 6, 2013

Birmingham church holding fundraiser in brewery

By Phillip Rawls
Associated Press



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Brew pubs are springing up across Alabama since the state updated its alcohol laws, and one church is making the best of the trend.

A church is sponsoring a fundraiser at a brew pub in downtown Birmingham on Wednesday night. The event at Good People Brewing Co. will benefit the Church of the Reconciler, which serves a congregation that includes urban homeless.

Church pastor Matt Lacey says some people will think it's unusual for a church to hold an event at a pub. But he says many people don't see fellowship at church and in other places to be separate.

Lacey says organizers see the event as a way to introduce people to church in a new way.

Lacey's congregation is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.