Where can you go for a hot meal and good company every Thursday night in Enosburg? The place to be is the Enosburg Methodist Church.
Thursday night meals have been prepared by generous volunteers over the last 10 years at the church. Meals range from French toast and sausage to complete turkey dinners. The dinners are open to all community members and parishioners alike. The number of people attending can vary between 10-30. People bring what they can to the dinners as a thank you. For some, a small free-will donation for the meal is brought and for others, a delectable dessert might be the just the right thing. How do you beat lemon squares made with California lemons that were shipped to one volunteer from her daughter? It’s all about balance right 🙂
On the night that I attended, I arrived slightly late of the start time and most people had already been served. I had called my grandmother ahead of time to ask if she would join me. They had saved me a seat at the long red table. A volunteer immediately popped up in the middle of eating her own meal and asked if I would like to join them for dinner. Hot beef macaroni soup was ladled into a bowl paired with a fresh sandwich. Yum! As we finished our soup and sandwich, my grandmother began to introduce the others to me. There were about 20 people in attendance this particular night. I met a man that traveled from a different town every week because he loves the food that is served. He was feisty for his 91 years. We laughed as the old stories began to take on a life of their own.
The same women that had so generously made the food were also prepared and ready to wash and put away the dishes. Together, they busily picked up the plates and silverware and began to break down the serving tables. Pastor Jon had to leave early to bring the leftovers to those that were unable to leave their home to attend. As the crowd diminished and the stories ended, we made our way home.
I think that it is great that people care about their community to continue to prepare hot foods every week in Enosburg. Good company with others is so crucial for everyone and a vital part of health. I want to thank the Methodist Church for their good will in continuing a tradition of community.