FCUMC hosts free community supper

FARMER CITY — Approximately 75 people got out of the cold and into the Farmer City United Methodist Church last Thursday for a  homemade meal and live music.

Judy Wallace, the head organizer of the free community dinner, said the plan had been in the works for some time.

“I’ve wanted to do this for several years,” she said, noting she was spurred by the amount of students at Blue Ridge on the free and reduced lunch plan. 

“I want to help so I’d like to eventually do a dinner every month that they could count on to come to and just have a nice time and enjoy themselves,” Wallace added.

Guests were treated to a feast consisting of roast beef, potatoes, carrots, corn biscuits, gravy, and a variety of desserts. 

The apple pie was a particular crowd favorite. 

At any time, guests could venture up to the church’s sanctuary where live music was being played by five jolly musicians.

Wallace said the eventual goal is to make the dinners a monthly occurrence in an effort to bring the community back together and bring some good news to Farmer City.

“We just want people to have a good and relaxing evening. We’ve got good homemade food and good music,” she said. “The apples for the pies are from our very own apple trees, and the beef is Illinois grown. We want people to share and enjoy what we have.”

A variety of volunteers helped make the night possible as many different ladies chipped to make food for all of the guests. 

The mood was friendly and inviting as the church was filled with laughter throughout the evening.

“Janis Maxwell, Wanda Hilty and all the rest of the ladies here helped me so much. This night is a culmination of a lot of teamwork,” Wallace said.

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