NORWAY — In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Community Lunch, a program of the Oxford Hills Area Association of Churches (OHAAC), all Community Lunch volunteers, past and present, are invited to a potluck luncheon Wednesday, October 12, at noon at the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main Street, Norway.

“The OHAAC Board of Trustees unanimously agrees that the most fitting way to celebrate thirty years of delicious free hot lunches served weekly at Community Lunch is to honor the volunteers who cooked and served those lunches,” said Marilyn Hammond, OHAAC President. “We hope that many, many Community Lunch volunteers see our invitation and will come to the potluck luncheon. This luncheon will be a true celebration of the Community Lunch volunteers’ dedication and a wonderful opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to them,” said Rev. Fayre Stephenson, OHAAC Secretary.

The first Community Lunch meal was served on March 4, 1992, at the First Universalist Church of Norway. The founders of Community Lunch were adamant that the fellowship inherent in dining in community is as important as the food being served. Since that first lunch, wonderful hot meals were served every Wednesday until the spring of 2020 when the lunches were suspended due to the covid pandemic. Since April 2020, volunteers, under the direction of OHAAC Treasurer Faylene McKeen, have staffed a roadside food bank every Wednesday. “We have been advised that it is now safe to reopen our Community Lunch meal program. Knowing that the roadside food bank served a great need during the covid emergency, we are grateful to be able, once again, to provide hot meals and fellowship on Wednesdays, beginning November 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of Norway,” said Hammond. Volunteers (past and present) are invited to contact Rev. Fayre Stephenson at 207-744-2068 for additional information about the event.

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