Resurrection hosts Christmas community meal

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by Darren Diekmann

Every year for the past five years Resurrection Lutheran Church puts on a community meal on the third Saturday of December as part of Joe Town Table, a monthly buffet-style meal served free to the public on the fourth Sunday of the month, except in November and December. St. Joseph Catholic Church serves the November, or Thanksgiving meal, and Resurrection serves the December or Christmas meal, on the third Saturday in December, said Angela Haynes who is on the organizational committee for the meal at Resurrection.

Resurrection coordinates with Sunrise Church in Avon who puts on a meal for that community.

“We want to do this as an outreach to the community,” Hayes said. “We go knocking on doors and get the word out that we are willing to deliver.”

Sunrise in Avon does this on the same day and also makes deliveries to that community.

The church delivered 113 meals today, Haynes said. They deliver to shut-ins who may get meals on wheels during the week, but don’t get them on the weekends.

“We deliver to anybody who contacts us,” she said. “We also made deliveries to Sauk Rapids and the east side of St. Cloud.

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St. Joseph residents and Resurrection Lutheran Church members Rachel Haaland (far left) and Susan Curtis volunteer in the kitchen to serve food at the community meal. “I have cooking duty” Haaland says blithely, while enjoying greeting other church members. This is her second year volunteering. “I do this to give back to the community and to show my boys [Stian and Soren] that a little extra effort can do a lot to help other people out.”

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Jack Schuh (left) and Bernie Imholte relax and enjoy the pecan pie dessert after delivering meals to local homes.

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lana Curtis (left) with daughter Amelia, 4, were already at church for Christmas pageant practice as were Rachel Kuebelbeck with daughter Daphne, 4.
“And we came here to spend time with family and friends,” Curtis explained. “My mother is also here serving.

Author: Darren Diekmann

Diekmann grew up in Mounds View, Minnesota. He attended St. Cloud State University to wrestle and study English. He has been an infrequent freelance writer for several years, mostly for the Monitor-Review, a small paper that served the southern Minnesota town of Adams. He and his wife recently moved to Sauk Rapids to watch their grandchildren grow. He has been freelance writing for the Newsleaders since late 2015, and is still trying to get used to the novelty of having an editor.

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