Christ Episcopal Church/Christ Lutheran Chapel in Elizabethtown started something new at the church for book lovers.
In January, the church began a book club to go along with their Saturday free cafe.
Meeting on the second Saturday of each month, the club will choose a book to read to discuss the next month.
Church members Beverly Bow and Donna Fountain started the club.
“Donna and I decided we’d have two criteria — it has to be fiction and it has to make you think,” Bow said. “Beyond that, it can be anything.”
During the first book club, they read “Parable of the Sewer.”
For Saturday’s club meeting, they will discuss “The Stand” by Stephen King.
They admit most people wouldn’t expect a book club at a church to read Stephen King, but they don’t want the club to be about religious books. They just want good discussion.
They both said you often can pull spiritual meaning out of a non-spiritual book.
“That’s why we thought ‘The Stand’ would be fun, because it really is good verses evil, but you don’t get that until the end of the book,” Fountain said. “You don’t have to be Episcopalian to read ‘The Stand.’”
Bow used to teach a college class called Religion in Pop Culture, which drew her to many different kinds of books.
“It would be nice if Stephen King fans would join in,” Bow said.
They both said “The Stand” is one of their favorite books.
“Stephen King is good at the art of getting you to turn to the next page,” Bow said.
The club is free and the church even buys a few copies of the book they’ll discuss for those who need one.
“It’s something to get together and have fun,” Fountain said.
They try to choose books that are accessible and easily can be found in bookstores or libraries, Bow said.
Book clubs tend to be small, but they hope this one continues to grow.
“Sometimes we think of book clubs as little old ladies sitting around,” Fountain said. “We have two Ph.D.s and all different ages, so the conversations get very exciting.”
Their goal simply is to meet new people and bring different ideas to the group for discussion.
“If they join the church, that’s wonderful, but mostly we want to have fun with the books,” Fountain said, adding the intent is not to push their church onto anyone who attends.
The free cafe also will be open Saturday with doughnuts, muffins and coffee.
Participants are welcome to help with the group make their monthly care bags for Warm Blessings soup kitchen that day.
The book club and cafe is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the church at 122 N. Mulberry St.
Bow said she’ll put a folding sign outside the building so attendees will know where it is.
For more information, call 270-765-5606.