Thanks to everyone who joined us at St. Andrew's Church last evening to enjoy Shrove Tuesday pancakes along with ham, juice and coffee. Your free-will contributions, all of which go to the Food Bank operated by the Lucas County Interchurch Council at its Ministry Center, totaled $700. That's a tremendous amount from this small event, and we're most grateful.
Guests started arriving promptly at 5 p.m. and the parish hall was packed until 6:30 p.m., when the crowd began to thin.
None of this would have been possible without the Girl Scouts who use the parish hall as their headquarters every week --- they're a tremendous and enthusiastic wait staff, greeting and seating guests, then taking and delivering orders and making sure everyone has enough to eat and plenty of coffee and juice. The Scouts also sell Girl Scout Cookies from a table in the narthex, so everyone has an opportunity to stock up.
Hy-Vee donated the ham and the church provided the remainder of the supplies --- so there was no "overhead." Every cent raised went to the Food Bank.
Sherry spent most of Tuesday getting the parish hall ready (four other groups had used the hall between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, so it's a challenge to set up in advance for this event).
She was joined as cooks by Bill and Julie. Lee washed dishes and Steve kept the supply of silverware coming. I was the server this year. And that fairly well filled our small kitchen, although others stopped by during the evening to help out where they could. By 7:30 p.m., everything had been cleared away and we were ready to go home.
This is Ash Wednesday, of course --- and the liturgy at St. Andrew's begins at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.