All are welcome at Wesley’s Kitchen

Estherville UMC draws on Wesleyan heritage to offer monthly lunch to community

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The Estherville United Methodist Church is launching Wesley’s Kitchen on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the dining room of the church, and continuing the last week of each month as long as demand continues and volunteers will help.
The menu is turkey noodle soup with homemade noodles, chili, crackers, bread or sandwiches, coffee, milk or water, and dessert. Anyone is welcome to attend or to volunteer. If there is enough demand or need, Wesley’s Kitchen could expand to twice or more often each month.
The outreach committee was an active member in the launch of Estherville Community Dinners in 2017. The outreach committee typically seeks ways to help outside church walls, from delivering Estherville Home Delivered Meals to organizing the church’s contributions to Community Christmas Project to planning and executing mission trips before the pandemic to hosting a community picnic after Labor Day each year.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, which branched off from the Church of England, got his start almost 300 years ago as a seminary student. He rode his horse across Great Britain and Ireland, organizing small groups, called societies, who helped where they could in their own communities. It’s estimated that he rode 250,000 miles and gave away 30,000 British pounds to the poor.
John Wesley founded the term, “agree to disagree,” to hold on to his own convictions while staying connected to people with whom he disagreed. This is a hallmark of Wesley’s Kitchen: all are welcome, and the meal comes with no strings attached.
Wesley’s Kitchen is seeking to rescue leftover food that’s useful and safe to serve from the food service industry – grocers, bakeries, butchers, restaurants, convenience stores, delivery services, home bakers and more.
For more information, or to donate or volunteer, call the Estherville UMC Church office at 712-362-4886 or email umc@mchsi.com.

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