Pelham - Windham News July 22, 2011 - 7
First Congregational Church Offers Community Free Supper
spirit of giving to those less fortunate and are kind enough to donate towards the effort. However, it is entirely through the congregation members’ donations and fundraisers that the funds are generated to purchase the food for the free community suppers. The congregation’s next community free supper is scheduled for the third Friday in October. With the weather cooperating on this particular supper, the event was held outside; however, as has been the case in the past, the supper is held inside, where traditionally the featured meal is spaghetti with a boatload of desserts. Additionally, the committee has enhanced the evening out by offering a family-oriented movie, which Hjorth says has been pretty popular.
First Congregational Church Mission Committee Chairperson, Doug Hjorth, serves up a slice of pie for dessert
A view of the First Congregational Church of Pelham and the grounds, where the free supper was held
by Marc Ayotte “To find ways the Church can use its time, talent, and treasures to make the world a better place”—kind words spoken from the heart by the First Congregational Church (FCC) of Pelham’s Chairperson of the Mission Committee. On last Friday night, July 15, that mission statement was executed to perfection. With puffy, white clouds floating gently against a beautiful, light-blue sky, over 80 people from the community of Pelham found their way to the Town Common, where they were treated to a free supper provided by the benevolent congregation. The Committee Chairperson, Doug Hjorth, along with other
Wally Cibulski donates his time on the grill to prepare hot dogs and hamburgers for the community free supper
members of the congregation did in fact utilize their time, talent, and treasures by providing a generous spread of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, macaroni salad, watermelon, and assorted desserts to those community members who came to visit. Pelham residents from ages eight to 80 were the recipients of the kind actions of the Congregational Church. According to Hjorth, this gesture gives those who might not be able to afford it in these tough economic times, “a chance for a meal with family, and a night out”—a true community approach. Wally Cibulski, attired in his chef’s deer apron and cutoffs, donated his time as ‘head burger flipper’ as he did an excellent job in preparing scores of burgers and hot dogs for the appreciative crowd. The FCC of Pelham began their free community suppers approximately two years ago. With respect to the number of residents who visit the center grounds and benefit from the Church’s free supper offering, Hjorth noted, “Every time we do it, we seem to have more people [come].” Anticipating around 60 residents for this particular supper, the congregation members were pleasantly surprised with the larger than expected turnout. Some residents do simply come to participate in the community
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