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Ocho de Mayo celebration at Crossroads Community Church

By Staff | May 6, 2010

Crossroads Community Church members helping to put on the Ocho de Mayo dinner Saturday night include Lizbeth Ramos, Lorie Irwin, Joshua Olson, Pastor Jason Olson, Silvia Diaz, Martha Esteves and Melissa Uittenbogaard. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

If you missed Cinco de Mayo this year, don’t worry. An Ocho de Mayo dinner will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Community Church at 2015 Third Ave. S. in Estherville, just east of the Sleep Inn & Suites.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for a mission trip to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico where parishioners will help at an orphanage, according to Melissa Uittenbogaard, Crossroads parishioner who has made previous mission trips. Past projects have included painting, shoveling rock for a drain field and septic system and – probably the most enjoyable – playing with the kids in their free time at night.

Uittenbogaard said the mission group hopes to raise $1,000 a person for the trip.

This will be the third trip for Crossroads parishioners, and will include people who originated from the Reynosa area. The first two missions saw 10 parishioners participating and this time Pastor Jason Olson hopes for as many of 40.

Silvia Diaz, who used to live near Reynosa, said the economy is bad throughout Mexico and that most workers are day laborers, finding work when they can get it. She attributes the poor economy as the reason that orphanages are full. She said many children beg on the streets of Reynosa.

“We’re taking a little bit of God’s love with us,” said parishioner Lorie Irwin.

Diaz appreciates church members who are turning out to help with both the fundraiser and the mission trip. “A lot of Hispanic people are helping too,” said Diaz.

The meal will include authentic flautas, Mexican rice, salsa, lettuce salad and various desserts for just $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $15 for families.

Just for fun, there will be karoke Saturday night as well.