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Harvest Time Means Delicious Church Meals

It is harvest time and also the time when many churches serve delicious dinners.

In the case of the Gladstone United Church who served a delicious Turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and turnips, pumpkin and a variety of other pies and food last Wednesday, it is also a way they can bring funds in for local mission work, plus help with the upkeep of the church. The last several years, they have been buying coats and taking them to the school for school officials to distribute to needy children.

The church sets on higher ground near the bluffs in Gladstone, and members served 250 homemade meals on Wednesday evening asking for a $6.50 donation a plate. Many gave more.

In preparation for the dinner, Pat Russell, organizer, said work began on Monday when many came in to set up tables and chairs. On Tuesday, many returned to peel potatoes and turnips, bread is prepared for dressing, and other ladies make homemade cranberries, baked pies, etc.

The meal is always a popular affair. Pastor Jeff Robbins is the pastor.

Above are several of the last helpers who were washing dishes, putting away chairs, and cleaning up after the long day Wednesday.

The Stronghurst United Methodists had over 300 meals served on that Saturday, and Jane Evans said a record was broken on carry-outs. Approximately 270 pieces of homemade pies were cut, the majority of them was apple. The annual meal is offered for a free-will donation in Stronghurst and money is used for the churches upkeep, needs and mission. David Vancil, a member, roasts the turkeys.

Seated from left: Jim Hetrick, Larry Thompson, Ernie Pilkington, Larry Russell.

Standing from left: Judy Pilkington, Lisa Miller, Joyce Hetrick, Shari Walters, Darla Thompson, Mary Lewis, Becky Dickey, Jackie Allen, Pat Russell, and Kara Bigger.