I’m excited (and infinitely grateful!) to announce that Karen Foldy will be organizing the meals for the youth services at Church on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Below is a letter that she wrote addressed to parents that details her plans, explains costs, and requests some involvement. Please read the letter and direct any questions you have to Karen (contact info below).
I will be helping to coordinate the meals for the youth on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month beginning with the Life Group Kick Off on August 22. My plan is to get groups of adults together on a couple of occasions over the summer to make the meals ahead of time and freeze them (utilizing the church kitchen and freezer space); this not only accomplishes providing nutritious meals for our youth but gives parents of teens a couple of awesome opportunities for fellowship! We have a calendar indicating when each item is to be served, and the person assigned to cover that Wednesday meal can take the items out of the freezer at the appropriate time, heat/bake it, and have it hot and ready for the youth to eat on the designated evening. At times, the person responsible for the meal may have to grab a salad, etc. as a side, but the overall meal prep will be done and easy to pull together. I would also like to have existing life groups sign up to get together once or twice over the summer to bake cookies, brownies, and cakes that will also be frozen and used for desserts throughout the year. If you would like to host a baking event in your home, please let me know—this will allow the students to get together over the summer and play a part in providing for their desserts for the upcoming year. I’m sure the will need to taste them ahead of time to insure quality control! For the main entrée items, we will meet in the church’s kitchen on Saturday, July 14 and Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 – 5:00 to put the recipes together and freeze them. Please let me know if you can attend one or both of these dates. Many hands make light work, and I think it will be fun to accomplish this together for our kiddos! Thanks in advance for your help! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell 386.690.1613. We will offer hot dogs and tacos a couple of times throughout the year, but we plan to regularly offer meals with more nutrition value (meatloaf, chicken dishes, vegetables, etc.). Therefore, we will be asking students to contribute $4 per meal (only $8 per month!) to help offset the cost. Please encourage your teens to bring their money each week so we can reimburse the church budget.
Blessings on your summer!