Welcome to Madisonville Great Banquet!


Our Pastor's Retirement

That’s right; one of our Pastors in the community is retiring. After 19 years here at First Presbyterian Church, Reverend Lon Lorton is retiring. Because of the uptick in the Covid 19 cases we have come up with three great “safe” ways to send your “Goodbyes” and “Best Wishes”:

1. On Sunday, August 30th, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Rev. Lon and Pat will be under a tent in the church parking lot and we invite you to drive by and lay your card, gift card, or memory card on a table.
Located at:
First Presbyterian Church
260 W McLaughlin Ave
Madisonville KY 42431

2. The week before, August 24th – 28th, 2020, we will have a table set up by the offices for you to bring your card – if the doors are locked at the time you come by there is a lockbox on the wall for you to place it into. Monday – Thursday 8:00AM-4:00PM, Friday 8:00AM till noon.

3. Last but not least, mail in your card: First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 568, Madisonville KY 42431

If you have any questions please call Dawn at 270-821-6426.

Upcoming Weekends

Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,

Praise the Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ.  I have to say that this is a difficult time in the history of the Great Banquet.  Our current situation of social distancing has caused us to end our Spring 2020 banquet season.  Our Board met on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 to discuss where we were as a community and in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We decided to end the season because of our concerns for our teams and their families during meetings, our guest who would be attending, and our community when we congregate.  This is not about fear but about being aware, socially conscious, and responsible.  Understand that this could have been much worse without the restrictions that have already been imposed.  So, with that being said, continue in prayer, follow the directions of our national leaders, and wash, wash, wash, and wash again.  Social distancing works.  I am talking with the Lay Directors to see if they can continue with their teams in the Fall (If we can continue then), so we don’t have to start the process again.  My prayers are with you all!

Eric Brown Community Lay Director

More updates to follow as we continue…

Community Lay Director Greetings

Banquet Community,
De Colores! Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you, to all of you who have helped out in any way to make this season a success. It doesn’t happen without you. I would also like to thank the team members who sacrificed for the Monday night meetings and the weekend in itself. It’s because of you all that we make this work. I am so proud of the Body of Christ coming together for the community.
I got to experience and hear about some great things going on in the ministry, both church and prison. I briefly want to share this from Vienna Correctional Complex. Last year Opie and I had a young man at our table that we made great strides with on his journey. He came in a bit reserved but did share with me things that had happened in his life and his predicament. It was overall a great weekend for him as he began to apply the tools we laid before him. Part of it was trusting God’s plan, trusting us, and forgiving his father for things that transpired in his life. To make a long story short. He let go of some things on that weekend and began his walk by rededicating his life. So, fast forward to 2019 when we got to the Chapel to prepare for the arrival of the guest. Their Chaplin came in an asked for our attention. He introduced this young man as, and I quote, “I want to introduce someone to you all, He’s a man on fire for God and my Assistant, ______________. Guys, when I saw this kid’s smile, he saw me and the Holy Spirit within me, began to dance and shout. It was like a Hallmark moment! This was confirmation for me, that we are called out of the darkness into His marvelous light and to share with others His love and goodness. I want to inspire you to continue the good fight and plant those seeds of righteousness. We may not always see those seeds come into fruition but remember someone planted for us and look where we are now. God Bless us!
Your Brother in Christ
Eric J. Brown


Community Blog

Great Banquet #190 LD Mandy Qualls

Hello Great Banquet Family! It’s difficult to put into words exactly how humbling an experience and how extremely blessed I feel to have been given the honor of serving as the Lay Director of Women’s Great Banquet #190. In 2012 I attended the Great Banquet just prior...

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Great Banquet #189 LD Bryan Allen

De Colores GB Community When I was asked to serve as the fall 2019 Men’s Lay Director, I reflected back to the spring of 2012, when I came through on GB 151. I thought about how this community and movement has blessed me so richly with so many new brothers and sisters...

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 News & Events

Community Potluck and Team Dedication

October 14, 2019 6:00 PM Open to the Banquet Community

Kitchen Team Meetings

Agape Meeting 5PM w/ Andy Bell

Great Banquet Agape teams please attend the Agape meeting scheduled for / /  , 2019 5 PM.  Important information for your weekend will be discussed.

Agape Party April 1, 2019 7 PM

Heads up!  Agape Party will be April 1st (April Fools Day).  No kidding!  We would love for the community to come out and support our efforts.  Reunion groups are urged to attend.

Bed Setup & Take Down

Bed Setup is each Wednesday night before a weekend at 6pm.

Bed Takedown is each Sunday morning at 7am.

August 2020


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