Marcellus churches host Habitat for Humanity BBQ Saturday

Dave and Carol Martin cook chicken at a previous year’s Habitat for Humanity Chicken BBQ fundraiser.

Dave and Carol Martin cook chicken at a previous year’s Habitat for Humanity Chicken BBQ fundraiser. Provided

— St. John’s Episcopal, St. Francis Roman Catholic, Marcellus First Presbyterian and Marcellus United Methodist Church have again formed a partnership to help with the current Interfaith Build of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. The home is located at 655 Gifford St. in Syracuse.

The four Marcellus churches will sponsor the Sixth Annual Habitat for Humanity Chicken BBQ, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Marcellus United Methodist Church, 1 Slocombe Ave. Tickets are still $8 each and can be purchased at any of the four churches, Marcellus Free Library and Main Street Pharmacy. The menu includes: barbecued chicken half, macaroni and/or potato salad, baked beans, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Takeouts are available. Pre-sale tickets are available at all of the churches, at Main Street Pharmacy and at Marcellus Free Library. The event is always a sellout, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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 Methodist Church. Desserts will be baked by St. John’s, salads provided by St. Francis, baked beans by First Presbyterian, and the barbecued chicken and beverages by the United Methodists.

There will again be an ongoing home-baked pie auction during the dinner. This has always proved to be huge success and raised more than $760 last year. With local clergy as the auctioneers, lots of laughs are sure to be on the menu.

The cost of a home

A Habitat home costs approximately $90,000 to build and requires a minimum of thirteen weeks of volunteer labor. The volunteers work from Wednesday through Saturday each week and six to 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 the unrestricted funds raised by Syracuse Habitat is sent to Habitat International to support global missions.

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