On November 8, the Chewelah United Church of Christ hosted their annual free stew dinner for the community. Five roasters of homemade stew were prepared by the church ladies with ingredients supplied by the congregation. Susan Chamberlin and Coleen Mapes made multiple loaves of French bread, which came out of the oven just as the dinner began. There was also an assortment of pies, pumpkin, apple, and berry. By the end of the two hours of serving, about 175 had enjoyed this delicious meal.
The Free Dinner has been a part of the ministry at Chewelah UCC for over 25 years. It all began as an idea conceived by Roberta McMillin as a way to give back to the community of Chewelah. Roberta noticed that the churches in town were often asking the community to support fund raisers, such as yard sales and bazaars. That is when she decided the church should thank all the community members for their support. From the beginning, this event was advertised as “No Strings Attached”, meaning there would be no speeches, no message, and no literature passed out to those attending. Instead it was and continues to be a great time of fellowship and a sharing of good food.
If you missed out this year, you will have another opportunity to join us on the second Thursday of November in 2013.
Submitted by Holly Peterson
In This Photo: Pastor Judith Holloway serves stew to guests at the Free Dinner.