EGGERTSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – With the early start to the Bills versus Jaguars game in London, Some Western New Yorkers were concerned with having to choose between Sunday church services and worshiping the Buffalo Bills.
The congregation at St Paul’s Lutheran Church is spending their Sunday praying for a win. The day is led by Pastor Steve Biegner, maybe the biggest fan of all. “I am the Chaplain of section 313 of the Ralph, and a season ticket holder, I am challenged with this every week during home games, so I know people want to be at both. They want to be at worship, but they want to be at the game as well,’ he said.
He says he didn’t want his church to choose between believing, and the Bills. He said, “We just have to embrace the fact that people are dialed into the Bills, so we are trying to be a church that beats the culture, and this is one of those things.”
The day kicked off with an early morning football- themed outdoor worship appropriately called “the game plan.” Then it was inside for brunch with the Bills and, beer. A keg in church, is a normally considered a rare site, but it’s something Pastor Beigner says comes in handy for roller coaster moments.
Susan Rybarczyk from Clarence said, “It’s fun to get together with a bunch of people who can commiserate in our misery today.” She said the day is a lesson for her kids, that faith can be fun. “It sends a good message to our kids that you can do both and have fun.”
The day also raised money for Lutheran charities. Local businesses like New Era donated door prizes as well.