Marcellus churches join together for Habitat for Humanity

Members of the participating churches take time from their planning meeting to pose for a picture.

Members of the participating churches take time from their planning meeting to pose for a picture.

— The Marcellus churches, St. John’s Episcopal, St. Francis Roman Catholic, Marcellus First Presbyerian and United Marcellus Methodist Church have once 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 5th annual community chicken barbeque and pie auction, sponsored by the four Marcellus churches, will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Marcellus First Presbyterian Church. The main menu will feature half barbecued chicken, macaroni and/or potato salad, baked beans, dinner roll, dessert and several beverages. Pre-sale tickets are available at all churches, at Main Street Pharmacy, Marcellus Free Library. The event is a sellout, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. $8 for tickets.

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

There will again be an ongoing home-baked pie auction during the dinner.  This has always proved to be huge success and usually raises an additional more than $400. With local clergy as the auctioneers, lots of laughs are sure to be on the menu.

A Habitat home costs approximately $70,000 to build and requires a minimum of  13 weeks of volunteer labor. The volunteers work from Wednesday through Saturday each week and about 10 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 the unrestricted funds raised by Syracuse Habitat is sent to Habitat International to support global missions.

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