The 24th annual Community Lenten luncheons is pleased to announce its 2020 donation of $1,043.25 to the Eagle Lake Food Pantry. The last three of the six luncheons were canceled due to precautions taken as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Lenten Luncheons were sponsored by the Eagle Lake Ministerial Alliance and the United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake with assistance from the First Baptist, Living Hope and the United Methodist Women Organization. Christ Episcopal, Parish of the Nativity Catholic, Lehrer Memorial United Methodist, and Lissie United Methodist churches participated in spirit this year.
Despite the shortened schedule, an average attendance of 68 people from Eagle Lake and surrounding communities attended each of the three luncheons that were held during the season of Lent.
Homemade soups, deli meats and homemade cookies were enjoyed by those who came. A warm welcome and introductions was given by song leader, Clark Powers. In addition to leading the singing, Clark also arranged a men’s trio as special music for the first luncheon. As usual, a favorite part of the hour was the selection and singing of hymns accompanied by piano music played by Carol Ripper. Richard Clipson kept up with donations and attendance while Michael Cooper photographed each luncheon for the luncheon scrapbook.
The hour concluded with an inspirational message from one of the three guest ministers from the area. They included Reverend Cathy McCorkle of Eagle Lake United Methodist and Lehrer Memorial Methodist Churches, Reverend Joe Fling of Living Hope, and Reverend Erik Lankford of First Baptist Church. Reverend Stephen Spicer of Christ Episcopal Church, Reverend Stan Warfield of Lissie United Methodist Church, and Reverend Dave Curry of Mt. Olive Baptist Church would have been the three remaining speakers.
At the last luncheon, Sandra Benge, representing the Eagle Lake Food Pantry, announced that the pantry would now be open one evening a month, and that volunteers were needed.
The Lenten Luncheon committee would like to thank those who participated in and attended this year’s luncheons. Their support is the reason over $35,000 has been donated to the Eagle Lake Food Pantry over the past 23 years.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Lenten Luncheons. We look forward to another year of providing food, fun, and fellowship during Lent 2021 while supporting our brothers and sisters in need.