No takeout plates will be allowed. This year’s meal will be dine-in only with service beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 1:30 p.m. or until the food runs out.
Pastor Larry McRorey said, “A change in leadership along with sensitivity to dietary concerns and some new health requirements has prompted our decision to make a few necessary changes with the meal this year. We are pleased to be the community host for this annual event and believe this is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our neighbors on a more personal level by inviting and encouraging all of us to sit down and fellowship at the table together in a true ecumenical spirit.”
“One of the major changes this year will be the elimination of the takeout line. We will be concentrating our energies on providing the best sit-down, family-friendly Christmas meal we can to all those who wish to come and enjoy. We will have live entertainment this year provided by our own praise and worship band as well as hear a preview of familiar holiday tunes from our children’s Christmas musical,” the pastor said.
“All in all, I think it promises to be a great event, and we hope the community and our sister churches will come out and support the efforts to feed one another in our community.”
FUMC expects to feed more than 1,000 persons this year and is requesting help from church volunteers and civic and youth groups. There are a variety of work areas that will need volunteers, including setup, meal preparation and service and cleanup. Local churches are being asked to provide dessert items.
For more information, contact First United Methodist Church at 358-3350 or Pastor McRorey at firstname.lastname@example.org.