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Gray Matters: In praise of church suppers

— St. Paul's Lutheran Church, also in the village of Liverpool, had their annual sauerbraten dinner on Nov. 3. Church secretary Lin Kilts said, “Many people look forward to this one, and we usually sell out.” I can see why, given the fact that the $10 meal comes with sauerbraten and noodles, red cabbage, applesauce, green beans, bread or rolls, beverages and dessert. Children ages 5 to 12 are charged $5; the meal is free for children 4 and under. Families of more than four are charged a flat fee of $35. One of the children doesn't like sauerbraten? No problem; they serve an alternate menu of baked ziti and tossed salad. Profits of this dinner went to a special church mission for Makuva, Zimbabwe. If you missed the dinner this year, don't worry. The sauerbraten is served up every November, either the first or second week of the month.

Meanwhile, across the street, the Liverpool First United Methodist Church (the church with the purple doors) was getting ready for their annual Election Day roast turkey dinner. This Nov. 6 event offered generous helpings of turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing, squash, tossed salad, bread and butter, cranberry sauce, beverage and dessert, all for the price of $9, $4 for children 6 to 12, and kids 5 and under were free. Their large parking lot was filled, but don't be deterred if you see a crowd. Most church suppers offer “take outs” as well. Did you miss this one too? Church administrative assistant Kate Smith says there will be two Lenten fish dinners in March, on the 8th and the 22nd, and their annual chicken barbeque in June. While most church suppers earn money that goes into the church's general fund, Smith noted that Liverpool Methodist often turns the profits over to their Red Bird Mission, a Methodist Church-run school and clinic in Kentucky.

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