When it comes to having dinner with friends—and even strangers—no one beats the members of the Fayette United Methodist Church.
The church opened for a free community meal last Easter and again on Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to plan the Christmas dinner.
“Originally, we were targeting families who might not be able to provide dinner or those who were eating alone,” said Rev. Kathy Currier. “As the dinners have evolved, we have found that many people in the community who just want to share the holiday with others have come out to enjoy great food and fellowship in the church basement.”
At the recent Thanksgiving meal, 75 dinners were served to residents of Fayette and the surrounding area—many more than the 20-some meals served at Easter.
“We were thrilled to see folks in the community who might not have other plans on the holiday come out and enjoy each others’ company,” Rev. Currier said.
She figures that some people had their holiday celebrations the week before or after the holiday, and found themselves with nowhere to go on Thanksgiving day.
“The basement was full and we delivered about 25 meals to others in the community who could not get out,” she said.
Church members and friends will provide the Christmas Day dinner, which will include turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cranberry salad, rolls and fresh pies.
“A Christmas feast!” Rev. Currier says.
Her husband, Jim, organizes the event, and volunteers from the church help serve and greet guests as they arrive.
“We would love to see this community meal grow each year,” she said. “Perhaps in the future we will partner with other Fayette area churches, if it becomes too big for our basement.”
The Christmas dinner is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day. The church is located at 305 E. Main St.
For additional information or to help with meal delivery, call 419/237-2974 or 237-2322.