Thanks to everyone who turned out on a really chilly evening --- it's 3 degrees this morning; colder predicted tonight --- we had another great Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at St. Andrew's. Proceeds go to the Ministry Center food bank --- and lots and lots of Girl Scout Cookies headed home with our guests, too.
The stars of the show formed the wait staff --- Girl Scouts who meet in the parish hall on Tuesdays anyway. Our own Nicholas and Morgan added a little gender balance. The servers eat late in the evening as the crowd diminishes.
With such highly qualified servers on hand, guests are seated as they enter the hall, then orders are taken and pancakes, ham, coffee, juice and water delivered.
Rick and Bill --- pancake cooks --- along with Sherry and Dru were in the kitchen throughout, although others came and went and others still washed up. I served drinks (and with great skill, spilled most of a carafe of coffee, but not on anyone). Others served as greeters and coordinators.
At the end of the evening, the Scouts helped out and we got all those folding chairs back into storage and the tables realigned so that the Wednesday yoga group won't have anything other than a few pancake crumbs to contend with this morning.
I'll get back to the church after a bit to change to paraments from the workaday green of the season after Epiphany to the purple of Lent. There is no truth to the rumor, despite the cold, that the ashes will be heated before imposition. This is going to be, however, one of the colder Ash Wednesdays on record.