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Ticonderoga church dinners reach milestone

Free meals enter fourth year at First United Methodist Church

The Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church free community dinner program is entering its fourth year. Helping plan the monthly meals are, above, Betty Mason and Joan Viault.

The Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church free community dinner program is entering its fourth year. Helping plan the monthly meals are, above, Betty Mason and Joan Viault.

— It’s hard to beat the community dinner program at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga.

It offers good food and good company for an unbeatable price — it’s free.

The program, which serves dinner each month, marked its third anniversary in January.

Led by Penny Mason, Joan Viault, Lori Fox and Beth Hanley, the program has served more than 5,500 meals.

The church will begin its fourth year of free dinners Sunday, Feb. 2. It will serve meat loaf with mashed potatoes, vegetables, desserts and beverages 4:30 to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

While there is no charge, a free-will donation is appreciated. High chairs, booster seats and a child friendly menu will also be available. Take-outs are also available.

“Starting its fourth year with the Feb. 2 dinner, the program has already served 5,500 meals,” Mason said, “and we hope many more will join us this year. Hopefully we’ll reach 20,000 before too many more years.”

A group of volunteers assist Mason, Viault, Fox and Hanley each month.

“Many faithful volunteers have added to the continued success of the program,” Viault said.

The church youth group also helps out.

“The youth of our church are also helping in many ways with the dinners, especially by bussing tables,” Fox said. “They are eager and learning to help where they can.”

The free community dinner program is held on the first or second Sunday each month in the church fellowship hall. Dinners may be boxed to take home.

The First United Methodist Church is located at 1045 Wicker St. (Rt. 9N) in Ticonderoga. For more information contact the church office at 585-7995 or visit the church web site: www.tifumc.com.

Rev. Scott Tyler is the church pastor. Everyone is welcome to attend the worship services held each Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for children is held during the 10:30 service.

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