Churches satisfy hunger for Community Dinners |

Churches satisfy hunger for Community Dinners

Damaris Acevedo
Sky-Hi News Intern
Grand County, CO Colorado

A member of Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church, Roxie Wood, has been motivated to open up community dinners in Granby.

In response to the hard times the economic downturn our country has faced, Wood “wishes to bring up Grand County and unify us as a community.”

“I felt that God moved upon my heart. With the hard times we are going through, we need to pull together as a community in fellowship and sharing,” said Wood. She dreams of providing a “nutritious meal, free of charge, in a warm and caring setting.”

The community dinners are open to anyone who craves a good meal and the company of others.

Wood has set to work gathering other church members to help provide community dinners for Grand County. Among those who are stepping up to help are longtime coordinator of community dinners Joan Von der Heiden of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Winter Park, along with Pat Edwards, coordinator for advertising at Lord of the Valley.

“I think this project by Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church is something members want to do in order to help. We want to give back to the community,” Edwards said, adding that the first step is to get the word out.

“So far, we have received a positive response. People have been responsive by helping out and letting us put up posters,” Edwards said.

Members of Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church have been working on preparing community dinners every Friday night in Granby for the season. The volunteer members will provide the main dish for each dinner.

Wood is still searching for sponsors and help to organize these dinners, as well as help to prepare side dishes and serve food. She hopes that volunteers and other churches could provide assistance.

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