Deadline for Haydenville church’s shrimp boil fundraiser is Thursday

Staff Writer
Published: 7/7/2021 8:58:06 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — The last day to buy tickets for the Haydenville Congregational Church’s Cajun shrimp boil fundraiser is Thursday, the centerpiece of which will be shrimp prepared by the Rev. Donald Morgan, the church’s pastor.

“He wanted to do what he called his Louisiana Shrimp Boil,” said Trish LaFreniere, the head of the church’s fundraising committee. “He is cooking the shrimp.”

Morgan spent 13 years in Biloxi, Mississippi, on a United Church of Christ mission and he said he learned his shrimp boil there. Morgan also said people should not be scared away from the boil by the word “Cajun.”

“It will not be overly spicy,” Morgan said.

The meal is $20 and comes with lemon cake with buttercream frosting, garlic bread and a tossed salad with tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts and a homemade dressing. Both the salad, garlic bread and cake are being made by church members. The shrimp itself will be from Louisiana and each meal will feature a half-pound of the shrimp, cooked using Zatarain’s Crab Boil.

“They’ll be fresh-caught,” LaFreniere said.

There is a limit of 100 tickets that can be sold for the event, and the last day to get them is Thursday, July 8. Those who wish to get tickets can go to the fundraising page at haydenvillechurch.org or they can call LaFreniere at 413-727-5150.

Morgan, 69, grew up in North Carolina. He became an ordained minister at 16 and became pastor of his first church at the age of 20. Morgan became the pastor of Haydenville Congregational Church in October of 2019, and he has been pastor during the pandemic.

“We’ve been having Zoom church ever since the pandemic,”  LaFreniere said.

The church is scheduled to have its first in-person service within the church on Aug. 8, and it did an in-person service in Childs Park for Pride Sunday.

“It has been going very well,” Morgan said of his tenure.

Morgan described the church as “very, very liberal” and said the predominately white church asking him as a gay Black man to be its pastor “speaks volumes.”


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