Two holiday dinners planned
for area residents
Residents of Jewell County will have the opportunity to be treated to not one but two holiday meals this next week.
Tuesday at the Mankato Community Center, everyone is invited to a free holiday meal, to be served between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. On the menu will be turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, pie and drinks. This meal, in it's first year of existence, is being spearheaded by Jody Hadachek, science teacher for Rock Hills High School.
"Holidays are a time of giving back and I wanted to give back to this great little town and county. The support I have received, including help with the food needed, volunteers needed in preparation, setting up, serving and cleaning up has been overwhelming," said Jody.
There will be an opportunity for a free will offering to those that wish to contribute and all proceeds will be given to the Jewell County Food Pantry.
Christmas Day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., everyone is invited to a holiday meal to be served at the Formoso Fire House.
"The majority of the supplies needed to prepare this meal come from local organizations and businesses, except for the cakes and pies and they are donated usually residents of Formoso," said LaVernia Peters.
On this Christmas meal menu is turkey, ham, dressing, two vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, pie, cake, coffee and tea.
This dinner is in its 11th or 12th year and was started by Lyn and Dan Dempsey. For the past three years LaVernia Peters and Dorothy Sjolander have spearheaded the organization of the meal and have volunteer helpers from Formoso who will assist. This year's helpers are Brenda Koster and maybe Jeff Koster, Joye Gordanier and Brian Gordanier.
"In 2013 we served 76 people. I think the count was down due to the weather last year," said LaVernia.
There will be a free will donation accepted and proceeds go to Formoso Pride to be used next year to purchase the turkeys.
Invitations to these meals are extended to each and every person, young and old, large family or none. Don't go through the holidays without enjoying a time with your local neighbors, old friends, or meeting of new friends. Tis the Season to celebrate.
planned throughout the county
As Christmas nears, the calendars of Jewell County residents are filled with places to be and things to do.
A survey of Jewell County Churches found the following activities are scheduled:
Dec. 21 10:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, Jewell, will be hosting "Christmas with the Wrights." Terry and Melissa Wright come from Tecumseh, Kan. Together they have a lifetime of musical experience. They both like to minister through God's word and music. Join Trinity UMC for a special morning as families will enjoy singing along with traditional Christmas songs and carols that tell the timeless story of the birth of God's Son.
United Methodist Church, Ionia, will hold a Christmas Eve service starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 24, with Pastor Gerry Sharp. For Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 the worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 10:30 a.m.
Burr Oak Christian Church will have regular services Sunday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 with services starting at 9:45 a.m. and adult Sunday School held following. Richard Cox will be the minister.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 there will be a Christmas Eve service at the United Methodist Church, Esbon, with Pastor Gerry Sharp. Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 worship service will be held at 8:15 a.m.
Burr Oak Nazarene Church Sunday School is held at 10 a.m. followed by regular worship service at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 Rod Rose will bring the message. Dec. 28 Tom Korb will conduct the service.
Olive Hill Church, with Dave Watters as pastor, held a Christmas program Dec. 14. The congregation went caroling Dec. 12 followed by a soup supper held at the Vestey Center in Superior with center residents as their guest followed by a sing-a-long. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, there will be services starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 the church will return to their regular schedule of Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Burr Oak United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 24 with Pastor Gerry Sharp. Worship service for Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 will be held at 9:30 a.m.
The Christian Church in Mankato with Thaddeus Hinkle minister will have regular Sunday School on Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 with morning worship starting at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 the church held their Christmas program at 10:30 a.m. followed by a congregational dinner at noon.
Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 10 p.m. Dec. 24 with Pastor Gerry Sharp. Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 worship service will be held at 11 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Northbranch Friends Church, located eight miles north of Burr Oak and two miles west, will have their Christmas program Dec. 21 starting at 6 p.m. telling "Joseph's Story" A Christmas eve candlelight service will be held Dec. 24 starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 the church will be back to regular times and schedules with Sunday School starting at 10 am. and worship held at 11 a.m. Jonathan Harkness is the pastor.
A community Christmas Eve service will be held in Jewell at the Jewell Trinity United Methodist Church starting at 6 p.m. The Community Youth Group will be a part of the program.
Jewell Trinity United Methodist Church will have Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 followed by morning worship both days at 10:30 a.m. Jim Rice is the Pastor.
Dec. 21 Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato, will have regular Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 10:15 a.m., and then at 5:30 p.m. that same day a Christmas program will be held followed by soup and sandwich supper served by the Lutheran Youth Group. Christmas Eve service will start at 6 p.m. Dec. 28 regular Sunday services will start at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. Dennis Beckmann is the pastor.
Jewell Christian Church with Dan Daniels as pastor, will hold Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 21 and 28 with worship service starting at 10:30 a.m. both mornings. There was caroling Dec. 17.
Randall Church will have a Christmas program Dec. 21. The community choir will be performing. Pastor Dan Daniels will bring the message.
Formoso Community Church with the Rev. Gene Little will have regular service times Dec. 21 and 28. Sunday School starts at 9 :30 a.m. followed by worship service at 10:30 a.m. Their Christmas program was held Dec. 14.
Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church, Jewell, will have Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 with a contemporary worship service starting at 10:30 a.m. on both dates. Sunday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Santa will be present and at 7 p.m. there will be a movie "Star of Bethlehem." A Christmas program was held Dec. 14.
Roger Walls, pastor of the Webber and Republic United Methodist Churches, will have a Christmas Eve service Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. in Webber and 7:30 p.m. in Republic. Dec. 21 and 28 there will be regular services held at both churches with Webber starting at 9:30 a.m. and Republic at 11 a.m. Both churches hold a fellowship time prior to their worship service, 9 a.m. Webber, and 10:30 a.m. at Republic.
First Baptist Church, Mankato, had a holiday dinner Nov. 30. The children's Christmas program was held Dec. 14. This Sunday, Dec. 21, there will be a soup supper at the church starting at 6 p.m. Regular scheduled Sunday services will be held Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 with 9 a.m. worship service followed at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School. Messages are brought by Pastor Todd Bradrick.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Esbon, will have a Christmas Mass starting at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. St. Theresa Catholic Church, Mankato, will hold Christmas Day Mass at 9 a.m. Both churches will also hold New Year's Day services. Sacred Hearth Catholic Church, Esbon, at 10 a.m., and St. Theresa Catholic Church, Mankato, at 8 a.m. The weekends of Dec. 21 and 28 there will be regular service times. Times for Sacred Heart, Esbon, will Saturday Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 28, 10 a.m. St. Theresa at Mankato will have services at 8 a.m. both Sundays, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. Pastor Father Joseph Kieffer will bring the message.
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