Marcellus churches unite for Habitat

St. John's Episcopal, St. Francis Roman Catholic, Marcellus First Presbyterian, Howlett Hill Presbyterian, and Marcellus United Methodist Church have again formed a partnership to help with the upcoming Interfaith Builds of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. Final details of the homes to be started this fall on Syracuse's West Side are in the works.

The Fourth Annual Habitat for Humanity Chicken Barbeque will be sponsored by the five Marcellus churches and will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 2 at the Marcellus United Methodist Church. Tickets are $8 each. Menu includes: 1/2 barbecued chicken, macaroni and/or potato salad, baked beans, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Takeouts are available. Pre-sale tickets are available now at all of the churches, at Main St. Pharmacy, Marcellus Free Library and Dr. Taryn Jirousik's office. The event is always a sellout, so get your tickets early.

This event is similar to a progressive dinner in reverse. Rather than persons moving from one church to another for each course, the churches instead will bring their dishes to the Methodist Church. Desserts will be baked by St. John's, salads provided by St. Francis, baked beans by First Presbyterian, beverages by Howlett Hill, and the barbecued chicken by United Methodist.

There will again be an ongoing home-baked pie auction during the dinner. This as always proved to be huge success and usually raises an additional $500-plus. With local clergy as the auctioneers, lots of laughs are sure to be on the menu.

Cost of a home

A Habitat home costs approximately $70,000 to build and requires a minimum of thirteen weeks of volunteer labor. The volunteers work from Wednesday through Saturday each week and about ten workers are needed each day. The future owner of the house must put $500 down and supply 300 hours of labor. In addition, the potential owner must be financially capable of paying the mortgage (30 years, no interest) and other costs associated with home owning. A 10 percent tithe of unrestricted funds raised by Syracuse Habitat is sent to Habitat International to support global missions.

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