As a way to help local charities, and to pay for giving throughout the year, the First United Methodist Church’s Covenant Class it’s annual pancake and chili day on Saturday.

“It’s a really good fellowship time for all of us to get together,” said Bettie Johnston, a member of the class. “We all enjoy it, and it raises the money for the missions we take care of every year. It’s a lot of work.”

Historically, the day brings in about $3,000 - $4,000 each year for at least the past 15 years, class president David Shelton said. However, an amount for this year’s fundraiser wasn’t available by press time. Shelton said the chili and pancakes were made on site, but other foods like desserts for the bake sale also taking place, were homemade.

“I love to bake, that’s my favorite thing to do,” Johnston, who has been a part of the class for more than 20 years, said. “I start it a week before and I bake every day. Then, meeting the people — you know, you see people that come out, that maybe you don’t see ordinarily.”

Nancy Fenton, also a member of the class, said Saturday’s event helps missions like Waxahachie CARE Services, the Salvation Army as well as missions like Worship Outside of the Walls, Healing Hearts Center.

“The event is usually right at the beginning of the year and is and the weather cooperates where it’s just cool enough to come out and have chili, and cool enough that you want chili, instead of it being in the summer,” Shelton said. “It’s a wonderful time and a wonderful opportunity for us to get together.”