To the Times of Ti:
When so much of our attention and news is centered on financial despair, arguably created by greed and misconduct, I believe that a little good news goes a long way during this season of joy and hope. The spirit of “thanks giving” is alive and well in Crown Point!
I’d like to acknowledge the intent, effort, and the success of this years holiday meal in the community of Crown Point.
Conceived with a desire to provide a place of fellowship for those who are alone or without the financial ability to enjoy a traditional meal, virtually all agencies in the Crown Point area came together to offer, if only for a short time, a place and time of respite for those who might benefit.
Accordingly, on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 21, this small community came together to ensure that all who attended were filled in spirit and body by the time they left.
The meal, consisting of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, peas, rolls and homemade apple, cream and pumpkin pies was served at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Crown Point from 4 to 7 p.m. There was no cost for this community meal!
The meal was a collaborative between the faith communities of Sacred Heart, Crown Point United Methodist and the First Congregational Churches. We were grateful to DeBro’s Café, Crown Point Telephone, Crown Point Citgo, Hap’s Market, the team at the Post Office, as well as the folks at Champlain National Bank, Rescue Lodge of Free Masons, Torri’s, Gunnison Orchards, the Hammond Library, Village Auto, Crown Point Barbecue, and many individual contributions of both time and funding.
Where possible, the meal was served with locally-grown and prepared items. Gunnison’s, for example, donated the apples for the pies. We are grateful to Cindy Bodette who made apple pies, Carlene provided marvelous cream pies, DeBro’s made all the stuffing. First Congregational Church made rolls and pies and staffed the “take-out” meals. The United Methodist Church provided both food and facilities as well as additional support. CP TELCO made rolls and bought butter. The Knapp Seniors pealed more than 60 pounds of locally-grown potatoes donated by the team of the Crown Point Post Office. The folks at both Crown Point Citgo and Hap’s Market supplied juice and milk for the children. We welcomed the crew from Village Auto with peas and pies. Tori’s came with pickles and olives, Hammond Library with cranberry sauce. The four turkeys were donated by Sacred Heart Church.
Volunteers from local churches and the community at large hosted this year’s event. No one was paid! We were thrilled to receive substantial donations from both the Rescue Lodge of Masons as well as Champlain National Bank and many kind spirited locals. These funds helped us to purchase many of the incidentals. Our gratitude goes to many additional members of the Crown Point area who joined with us to make this a true community time of fellowship.
This was a total community effort that brought together people and resources to ensure true fellowship and a traditional hot meal for those who might not have one, here in Crown Point. We served approximately 125 meals, both in-house and delivered to those who were unable to join us.
It is my prayer that as the months go by, this meal will serve as a point of pride and accomplishment for not only our community but for others who will look for ways to share in the ability to build a stronger, caring community. “Together,” what a wonderful way to share. I am proud to be part of this true expression of community!
Thank you to all!
Rev. David C. Hirtle, pastor
First Congregational Church