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Final preparations for the annual Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church were recently reviewed by some of the more than 100 people who will work to serve over 700 dinners on October 21.  Shown (L to R) are Pastor Chuck Forbes, Bruce Holman, Carla Salisbury, Steve Salisbury, Nancy Prarie, Mike Hardesty, Karen Poole, and Donna Bailey. Final preparations for the annual Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church were recently reviewed by some of the more than 100 people who will work to serve over 700 dinners on October 21. Shown (L to R) are Pastor Chuck Forbes, Bruce Holman, Carla Salisbury, Steve Salisbury, Nancy Prarie, Mike Hardesty, Karen Poole, and Donna Bailey. Submitted Photo
Written by  Oct 12, 2017

2017 Harvest Turkey Dinner at Minetto United Methodist Church

The Minetto United Methodist Church kitchen will spring to life in a few days as over 100 parishioners and friends prepare and serve the annual harvest turkey dinner. The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, with serving beginning at 4:00. Guests may eat in the dining room, carry out dinners to take home, or pick up dinners in the drive-through line. Last year, 723 dinners were served.

Everyone gets a complete traditional home-cooked dinner including roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, and homemade pie. The church is located at the corner of state route 48 and county route 8 in the village of Minetto, and the building is fully accessible.

This year’s dinner will use 30 turkeys weighing nearly 700 pounds, 240 pounds of potatoes, 200 pounds of squash, and over 100 homemade pies. Planning and conducting the dinner will involve at least 100 individuals of the congregation and community. “We look forward to seeing long-time friends and new customers as well. Our dinner has become an autumn tradition that is well loved by the people of our community and church,” said Pastor Chuck Forbes.

The Harvest Dinner was originally served in our dining room, but gradually more people wanted dinners to take home. In 2002, the option of drive-thru service was offered so people wouldn’t have to park and come inside the building. That first year, 182 of our total of 474 meals went out the drive-thru. Last year, 362 of our 723 meals were delivered to 141 vehicles in the drive-thru line, 21% were served in our dining room, 29% were carried away by people who came inside the building, and the remaining 50% were served via the drive-thru.

The church holds its harvest turkey dinner each fall to supplement support of its ministries in Minetto and around the world. The people of the church also support a number of outreach efforts within our community beyond what is provided by our official budget. Included are monthly gifts of non-perishable foods to local food pantries, collection of school supplies for the Minetto Elementary School, monthly free dinners, contributions of food-stamp ineligible necessities to the Helping Hands Cupboard at Fulton State Street UMC, clothing and gifts provided to children and families of need at Christmas time, a monthly noisy can offering given to a wide variety of local charitable purposes, and providing meeting space for several music, exercise, writing, and Scouting groups. Under Pastor Forbes’ leadership, the people of the church are striving to be God’s love to our neighbors in all places.

The church has a shed at the back of the building for collecting used clothing for distribution in this country and abroad to people in need. Acceptable items include all clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys. Guests attending the dinner are encouraged to bring recyclables with them.

Worship services are at 10:00 each Sunday morning and visitors are always welcome. More information about the church may be found at: http://www.MinettoUMC.org/

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