Representatives from Columbus Grove Christian Church and The Union Bank met last week to make plans for the upcoming pancake supper at the church. Shown are church trustees Doug King and Tom Gerdeman, The Union Bank branch manager Kim Verhoff, Pastor Geoff Eubanks, and church trustee Bill Hofferbert. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Representatives from Columbus Grove Christian Church and The Union Bank met last week to make plans for the upcoming pancake supper at the church. Shown are church trustees Doug King and Tom Gerdeman, The Union Bank branch manager Kim Verhoff, Pastor Geoff Eubanks, and church trustee Bill Hofferbert. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

COLUMBUS GROVE — Standing side-by-side four men from Columbus Grove Christian Church labeled themselves as “the flippers.” They aren’t contestants in the snowboarding halfpipe competition. These men are pancake flippers for the annual pancake meal at the church. The group is headed by Jim Doty.

Last year the men, who are trustees at the church, helped flip all-you-can-eat pancakes for over 800 people. The church trustees said they are expecting that many this year including athletes from Columbus Grove fall and winter sports. Each year The Union Bank and Columbus Grove Lions Club pay for the tickets for these students to attend the event.

“The Union Bank also allows us to use their parking lot during the event,” said trustee Bill Hofferbert. “We really appreciate that.”

Bart Mills, marketing officer for The Union Bank, said hosting the athletes at the supper is a way for the bank to give back to the community.

The pancake supper is at the church at 105 S. Broadway, Columbus Grove, Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost for the tickets are $6.50 pre-sale and $7 at the window. Children 6-12 years old can eat for $4 and under six is free. Carry-outs are also available.

Tickets are available by calling the church. Proceeds from the pancake supper are used for church expenses and purchases.