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['Pizza Ranch' is a Christian restaurant whose vision is "to glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in".]

By Friday night I was caught up to everyone else who had been working on applying for the last two months. It was definitely a God-thing to walk in and walk out with a job!

I feel so privileged to get to work in a brand new restaurant that still smells like wood and fresh paint, to be part of the team that gets to set high standards in this not-even-open-yet franchise branch, and to work in a place where God is hung on our walls right in the front door where you come in, big and bold in our vision statement. God is good. I get to sing along to my favorite Christian artists (Casting Crowns) as I clean the buffet glass because we play either country or Christian radio. I work in a team, and I am getting to know some of the other girls. I work in an atmosphere where we smile and build each other up. I work in a family-friendly restaurant (that doesn't serve alcohol) where I'll be able to interact with lots of kids. I get to serve people and make them happy! I get to bring out their favorite kind of pizza!

We have a higher calling than just making pizza and chicken. As we learned when we watched a video made by Chic-fil-A - on a computer that was on a chair which was stacked on top of a table... great makeshift movie theatre there! - it's about serving, about making a difference in our communities. As our mission statement says, Pizza Ranch is a ministry opportunity to give our guests our very best - Legendary service! And I get to work in such a place as this. God is good!

We open on Monday.

I get to be the first one to welcome the guests to Pizza Ranch!

Naomi, Fragmented Pieces 103 Comments [1/7/2012 11:00:44 AM]
Fundie Index: -114
WTF?! || meh

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So basically it's a church with a buffet. Except for the part about children which always gives me the creeps, this doesn't sound so fundie to me.

1/7/2012 11:11:24 AM


I see nothing fundie about this. Strong believer and Christian based restaurant but nothing bigotted or hateful or overtly stupid

1/7/2012 11:12:38 AM


Not fundie. Anyone who wants to open a Jesus-themed restaurant is totally free to do so.

And pizza is awesome.

1/7/2012 11:16:03 AM

the guy

As long as they don't try to give me a sermon while I'm eating I'm fin e with this.

1/7/2012 11:17:35 AM


Oh where to begin ...
"God is hung on our walls right in the front door", hmmm kinda creepy.
"I get to sing along", that'll last about a week before your teenage pimply faced shift manager tells you to shut up and get back to work.
"where I'll be able to interact with lots of kids", those kids will turn into little brats within a week.
"We have a higher calling than just making pizza and chicken", no you don't, you are just making pizza and chicken, though, we all know those ARE Jesus's favorite foods.

1/7/2012 11:19:03 AM

Nothing bad or hateful here. She's happy and wants to be nice to people and set what she sees as a good example for others.

My only issue is the sanctimonious comment about the place being "family friendly" because they don't serve alcohol, as if ordinary restaurants that serve wine and beer are not. They always seem to conveniently overlook the fact that Jesus drank wine.

1/7/2012 11:25:57 AM

Jezebel's Evil Sister

Sounds like a crappy place I wouldn't go to ... but not particularly fundie.

1/7/2012 11:29:23 AM


A little overexcited? Yes, but, not really fundie... at least in my opinion.

1/7/2012 11:30:33 AM


I agree with #1364147. She sounds like a sweet girl who's very happy to be where she is, and enjoys serving and interacting with others. As long as she can do that without preaching a sermon at every table she serves, I'd eat there.

Good pizza and chicken is good pizza and chicken. I can ignore the cross on the wall as long as the wait staff isn't rabid about evangelizing.

1/7/2012 11:40:53 AM


Five years from now, manager to Naomi: "What do you mean, you want overtime pay and more than minimum wage? You realize that would be stealing from Jesus, don't you? Now get back out there and prayerfully scrub the underside of those tables. Refusing your religious duty is a sin."

1/7/2012 11:47:21 AM

Doubting Thomas

Is it just me, or does this read like someone who just joined a cult?

1/7/2012 11:51:15 AM


I... don't see anything wrong with this.

1/7/2012 12:20:52 PM


Naive, but kind of adorable. Not fundie, just over-enthusiastically religious.

1/7/2012 12:28:21 PM


we play either country or Christian radio.

What a great way to ruin a perfectly good meal.

I wonder if they serve an extra spicy "pizza diavolo" as every self-respecting pizzaria should? ;-)

Does the last customer of the evening get a "Last Supper" discount?

I hear they serve a "pizza vaticana": there's nothing on it. ;-)

1/7/2012 12:33:03 PM


While she seems to be a bit overly enthusiastic and chipper to the point of nausea, it's not that bad, I guess.

Still, I'll be sure to avoid any such place I have the misfortune to cross paths with. Particularly when she states, "As our mission statement says, Pizza Ranch is a ministry opportunity to give our guests our very best - Legendary service!" Your missions statement should be to serve pizza and chicken, not to be a "ministry opportunity."

1/7/2012 12:54:12 PM

JB Mason

I find it humorous that country music is considered to be as acceptable as explicitly-Christian music. These people are hilarious.

1/7/2012 1:12:44 PM


Anyone criticizing has totally never been to a Pizza Ranch, and you're missing out. It's not at Jesus-y and overbearing as she's making it sound.

But then my Pizza Ranch doesn't even play the radio. Anyway, Naomi sounds awesome and I'm happy she got a job that makes her so glad and self-fulfilled. Seriously, why is this on here?

1/7/2012 1:20:23 PM


A lot of cults started this way.

1/7/2012 1:28:59 PM

You don´t serve alcohol?, what would Jesus do in the Canaan wedding?(except for that, what is Fundie about this?)

1/7/2012 1:54:01 PM


She is way more cheerful than I can handle without serious quantities of coffee, and she believes in things I might find silly, but I'm getting more of a "happy squirmy puppy" vibe than a "dangerous hateful fundamentalist" one.

Why risk ruining an apparently nice person's day by reposting her words for strangers to laugh at? If anyone is being a jerk here, it's us.

1/7/2012 1:59:45 PM


So what if they find a higher calling in serving Pizza? That's pretty great, more people could do with that approach.

I don't happen to share belief in that god, but the general idea that a small action can be part of a bigger meaning is a positive one.

Not fundie.

1/7/2012 2:05:40 PM


It's difficult for me to comprehend anyone being this amped about getting hired in the food service industry. However, I find her puerile prose more objectionable than her religiosity.

Also, it reminds me of [a href="http://fstdt.com/QuoteComment.aspx?QID=69697&Page=1"]this[/a] golden oldie.

1/7/2012 2:10:01 PM


A bit unusual, but not fundy.

I think these people feel good about what they are doing, and they will probably boost the self esteem of those in their community. As long as they're not persecuting gays or threatening heathens with punishment issued on God's behalf, why criticise them? I'm an agnostic with little time for the Christian religion, but I do know some people who are christians and if they were selling pizzas I'd happily eat there myself.

1/7/2012 2:27:28 PM


@Lucilius:Five years from now, manager to Naomi: "What do you mean, you want overtime pay and more than minimum wage? You realize that would be stealing from Jesus, don't you? Now get back out there and prayerfully scrub the underside of those tables. Refusing your religious duty is a sin."

This is probably true, sadly. I've been told by many people that so-called "christian" businesses are the worst ones to work for in terms of how they treat their employees. I just hope that in 6 months, after the 1000th time some asshat fundie has left her a Chick tract in place of an actual tip, she's still able to remain as cheerful about it.

1/7/2012 2:32:13 PM


This is the type of Fundy that ain't all that bad. A tad odd, yeah, but everyone has their quirks.

Way I see it, their are two types of fundies: The 'Bake Cookies and tell you God Loves You' kind, and the 'THUMPA THUMPA BIBLE IS TRUTH' kind.

The world could use more being the former.

1/7/2012 2:55:11 PM
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