Besides the meal, the "Taste of the South" bake sale will offer goodies such as pecan pies, pralines and traditional king cake.
Event-goers are encouraged to wear costumes or Mardi Gras colors if they'd like, Rickaby said. But that's not required, she said.
Rickaby will be wearing a Victorian-style dress with a Mardi Gras mask, she said. Others from the church will don feather boas and Mardi Gras beads. Anything goes (within the limits of modesty), she said.
"It's kind of like a second Halloween because you get to dress however you like," she said.
The church offers face painting for both adults and children at no charge.
Lunch is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Money raised during the event goes to support the church's various ministries throughout the year. They include a food pantry and Christ's Kitchen, a program that offers lunch five days a week to those in need.
The church also helps support the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and provides free coffee and snacks to churchgoers after worship services, two practices that the fundraiser will help support.
"It's a vital part of who we are as a church to make sure people have a full belly when at all possible," Rickaby said of the lunch program.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church is located at 405 B Street in St. Albans.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.