ST. LOUIS—Judy Boen, a member of West County Community Church in Wildwood who for years did Christian Family Day (CFD) for the St. Louis Cardinals, is launching the same concept this fall with the St. Louis Rams.
Boen spoke Aug. 25 at a downtown Holiday Inn promotional luncheon for the first annual Faith & Family Day. The goal is to sell 1,000 tickets for the Nov. 20 Rams game against the Seattle Seahawks, with 500 at-risk children enjoying a festive atmosphere marked by their hearing the Gospel.
“We want to give them a time that they won’t forget,” Boen said.
The Rams are doing all they can to cooperate with Boen. After the luncheon they took attendees over to the Edward Jones Dome for a private tour of the locker room and a look at the playing field. Time spent there produced wide-eyed expressions all around.
The Rams are also doing what they can Nov. 20 to appeal to Christians, with the game starting at 3:05 p.m. (well after church ends) and ticket prices on the terrace level being discounted from $55 to $40. There also will be $10 food and beverage vouchers and a free DVD of Christian players that will be passed out after the game so that those back home can share in the experience.
Something unique to football and not practiced at a baseball game is a tailgate party. Boen said her leaders will attempt this along with the usual fun blend of music, balloons, and face painting for the children.
Churches are being asked to put up posters and sell tickets in the weeks to come. Phone orders are to be placed with Elizabeth Van Meter at (314) 425-0524. Online orders are being directed through www.stlouisrams.com/faithcfd, with the promo code FAITHCFD. Participants are also being encouraged to visit ChristianFamilyDay.com.
Ed Moncada, international students minister for the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), is a member of Boen’s event committee and was called upon Aug. 25 to say the opening prayer.
ALLEN PALMERI/associate editor