Tuesday, April 1, 2014

St. Brendan's "Dinner is Served" feeds 155 for St.Patrick's Day

On Monday 23rd of March, St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church in North Deer Isle celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by putting on an exquisite dinner of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage. It was the fourth meal of a monthly volunteer-run program called “Dinner is Served.”

St.Patrick's Decorated Dining Room, ready to go!

Delicious Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes

Cheryl Wixon’s kitchen crew served 95 meals in the beautifully decorated church hall, and Skip Greenlaw’s delivery team went door to door attending to 60 people in their homes.  
The Cheryl and Skip Team
Cheryl works for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and runs a business called Cheryl Wixon’s Kitchen out of Belfast’s Coastal Food and Farms processing and storage facility. Skip Greenlaw owns and runs a wholesale seafood company. Both of them, along with the many volunteers who were helping out on St. Patrick’s Day are committed to improving the lives of their neighbors.

60 meals were delivered to people's homes

Close to 100 showed up for dinner, music and fun
After helping in the kitchen for a couple of hours, Skip Greenlaw, one of the captains leading ¨Dinner is Served,¨ was going out to do deliveries for families who were home-bound or simply couldn’t make it to the church. I asked to go with him. At one point I asked him how old St. Brendan´s the Navigator was. Five years old. And when I asked him why people called it the new one, he answered “well to change things around here seems like it has to be an act of God.” Based on my experience that day, there was at least one thing I felt certain would not change anytime soon: the inspiring commitment of this community to help and support one another and to look out for those in need.


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