2009-01-29 / Local & State

Lutherans To Prepare Monthly Meal For Needy

First dinner at St. Paul set for Feb. 10
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Amid layoffs and ever-worsening economic times, a Mc- Connellsburg church is taking baby steps to alleviate the hardships and woes of area residents through the preparation of a monthly meal by members of its congregation.

In conjunction with an endowment fund that was established as an outreach to the surrounding community, officials at St. Paul Lutheran Church recently opted to expand their services to include monies for individuals wishing to further their education and a community dinner for residents experiencing economic difficulties.

According to church spokesperson David R. Hoover II, St. Paul will kick off its inaugural dinner in the church's social room located at 220 North Third Street, McConnellsburg, on Tuesday, February 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti, bread and salad.

While the menu is slated to change, one dinner will be offered on a monthly basis on the second Tuesday. The dinner is free to any who chose to attend, but donations are accepted for any wishing to contribute.

"Given today's economic times and the number of people who have lost their jobs, this is a way for us to give back to the community. We encourage both singles and families to attend. We won't turn anyone away," said Hoover, who added the meal also provides an opportunity for the church's congregation to join and work together.

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