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Free meals at Third Tuesday Community Suppers

The third Tuesday of every month, United Methodist Church of Geneva (Ill.) hosts 400 church and community members for supper.

Invitations to Third 
Tuesday Community Suppers are placed throughout Geneva, Ill.
Invitations to Third Tuesday Community Suppers are placed throughout Geneva, Ill.
COURTESY BETH KUCERA
Some come to stretch their budgets; others are too tired to cook; many appreciate not eating alone.

"Anyone who wants to can come for a nutritious, attractive, home-cooked meal in a comfortable setting," said Beth Kucera, one of three co-chairs of the ministry.

No reservations are required, yet "we always seem to have enough food," Kucera said.

"We have no specific target audience, and it's completely free of charge," she explained. Funds come from the "Quiet Can" placed on the dessert table, anonymous donations and through PayPal using the "Donate" button on the church's website.

Organizers (from left) Carol Nunns, Beth Kucera and Gayle Taylor prepare to decorate for Third Tuesday Supper.
Organizers (from left) Carol Nunns, Beth Kucera and Gayle Taylor prepare to decorate for Third Tuesday Supper.
COURTESY BETH KUCERA
The fellowship hall becomes a dining room where guests of all ages seated at cloth-covered tables enjoy a theme-based dinner served on china. Families with young children greet guests and pass extra rolls, desserts and dinner mints.

Amy Bordoni and her two sons, Liam, 6, and Elliott, 3, started volunteering at the first supper last October.

"I had been looking for service opportunities to do with my six-year-old," Bordoni said. "It's been a wonderful experience."

"We tell our volunteers that they cannot smile too much, greet people too much or talk with people too much," Kucera stated. "We have no problem getting volunteers from within the church and the community."

"Two Guys and Free Spaghetti," a monthly ministry of St. Charles Episcopal Church in Geneva inspired "Third Tuesday Suppers." Now the United Methodists are mentoring a Presbyterian church, which cooks every third Friday.

Diane G. H. Kilmer

At A Glance United Methodist Church of Geneva | 211 Hamilton St., Geneva, IL 60134 | (630) 232-7120 | Debbie@genevaumc.org | www.genevaumc.org | Senior Pastor: Rev. Bill Obalil | Average Worship Attendance: 916 | Northern Illinois Conference




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