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Annual Meeting: Parish Food Service Report

The year 2012 was a wonderful and successful year for the Food Service Ministry at St. John's. With no on going budget, we were able to offer hospitality on 2nd and 4th Sundays, feed groups like Speeders, Celebrate major Feasts and parish events like Mardi Gras and our Anniversary Dinner. We completely sold out of all product at our BBQ, resulting in approximately $1,500.00 raised for Church projects. We catered or assisted in coordinating wedding receptions and funeral receptions. We provide warm and nourishing meals to the members of Holy Comforter three times in 2012. All of these accomplishments were completed with a small dedicated crew of WONDERFUL people, many not even members of our parish, virtually no money, and equipment that is showing its age. 

The Food Service Ministry is facing several challenges in 2013. First of all we need volunteers. You don't need to have any experience, only a desire to provide true hospitality and operate in a professional manner. Don't get me wrong, it's not all work. We have FUN! We are always trying to stretch every item, be it money or supplies, that comes to us. We have had to implement a two tier security plan to keep what is ours from walking away. Don't be afraid to bring us things that you think that we can use. The yard sale provided us with a great covered soup pot and chaffing dish. Martha Spring generously provided us with fresh hom-grown produce during the summer. Many other parishioners (especially Linda Cage) brought us coffee, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher tablets, and other expendables. Other volunteers, (Janet Standen) routinely scour all of the thrift stores and flee markets looking for things that we can use.

Perhaps our biggest challenge is that our commercial equipment is wearing out. This year, I anticipate that we are going to have to replace the main refrigerator. Fortunately, that is one of the more reasonable costs. The stove, vent system (which is not up to code and doesn't have a fire suppression system), and dishwasher will eventually need to be replaced with more modern and functional equipment.

Perhaps you can help. Please consider volunteering in the kitchen. We truly need the help and it is greatly appreciated by all who attend parish events. Maybe you can think of a way(s) that we can raise money to modernize the kitchen. Can you wrote grant requests? Let's talk.

We expect 2013 to be another great year for hospitality at St. John's. Thank you all for the pleasure of serving you!

Daniel Hudson, Kitchen Manager