Pictured is the view of the drive-through line at a previous Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The scene will be repeated Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Minetto United Methodist Church to hold annual Harvest Turkey Dinner

Minetto United Methodist Church
Pictured is the view of the drive-through line at a previous Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church. The scene will be repeated Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Turkey will highlight the menu at the annual Harvest Turkey Dinner at the Minetto United Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 4 p.m.

Customers who prefer to eat at home can go inside for carry-out service or use the drive-thru take-out line. They just pull into the parking lot from Empire Avenue and give their order to an attendant who radios it inside. Then they drive forward, where more attendants collect payment, deliver the order to the car, and send them on their way.

Those who prefer to eat at the church, may go inside and eat in the dining room.

The traditional home-cooked dinner includes roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, and homemade pie.

The church is located at the corner of state route 48 and county route 8 in the village of Minetto, and the building is handicapped accessible.

This year’s dinner will use 32 turkeys weighing over 700 pounds, 320 pounds of potatoes, 260 pounds of squash, and over 125 homemade pies. Planning and conducting the dinner will involve more than 110 individuals of the congregation and community, from about 100 households.

“We look forward to seeing long-time friends and new customers as well. Our dinner has become an autumn tradition well-loved by the people of our community and church,” said Pastor Chuck Forbes.

The church has been conducting an annual Harvest Dinner for many years. Last year, 435 out of 879 meals were delivered to 165 vehicles in the drive-thru line, 22 percent were served in our dining room, 28 percent were carried away by people who came inside the building, and the remaining 49 percent were served via the drive-thru.

The church holds its harvest turkey dinner each fall to supplement support of its ministries in Minetto and around the world.

The people of the church also support a number of outreach efforts within our community. Included are monthly gifts of non-perishable foods to the Oswego County Salvation Army, a recent collection of school supplies for the Minetto Elementary School, monthly free dinners, contributions of food-stamp ineligible necessities to the Helping Hands Cupboard at Fulton State Street UMC and assistance with the Oswego County Opportunities house vegetable garden.

Worship services are at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning and visitors are always welcome.

More information about the church can be found at www.minettoumc.org.

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