On Jan. 6, everyone on Grand Island was invited to attend a free lasagna dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church. Some 40-50 Island residents came and enjoyed fellowship around dinner tables with Trinity members.
This venture was the product of conversations between two adult Sunday school classes and Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray. In a November meeting at the church, McMurray impressed upon the classes the need to provide settings on the Island for people to cultivate friendships and get to know their neighbors. Members of the Contemporary Issues class and the Questions of Faith class took up the challenge.
Baked lasagna, salads, and desserts were contributed by Trinity members. Trinity folk served as table hosts and servers, engaging the visitors in friendly conversation. Formal welcomes were offered by Rev. Dr. Sung Ho Lee and McMurray. A trio from the choir entertained the crowd with songs. Information tables surrounding the family room represented County Social Services, the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the Golden Age Center, the Neighbors Foundation, and Trinity Church.
Because no reservations were required, the planners had no idea whether one person or 500 would show up.
Already, the classes have met to strategize next steps in the project to engage the Island community. Stay tuned or visit the Trinity website at www.gitumc.org for more information or to help in the next venture.