We love food here at St. John’s. We love to cook it, talk about it, serve it, and eat it!
We participate in a program sponsored by St. Paulus and St. Mark’s Lutheran churches called the FRIENDSHIP BANQUET. On most Tuesdays of every month, they host an elaborate four course dinner for up to 60 people who are living with HIV/AIDS who are in marginal housing situations. Several times a year, a crazy group of us designs and cooks this meal. It is very entertaining for the cooks and the customers seem to like it (We have a lot of good cooks in our group). We cook and several of the participants work as paid servers and dishwashers and everyone eats. It has been terrific to develop ongoing relationships with many of the people who serve the food and wash the dishes, as well as those who receive the meals. We are grateful that this program exists and even more grateful that we are able to participate. It doesn’t hurt to know that laughter makes cooking more successful!
In July, our dinner had a summertime theme: Waldorf Salad, Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw, Oven-fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Watermelon Wedges and Dill Pickles, and topped off with some divine Peach Shortcakes with Raspberry Coulis.
On September 13, we will be doing this again. The menu will be Antipasti Platters followed by Minestrone and
Bread Sticks, then Ham with Pineapple Bread Pudding and Green Beans Almondine, followed by Apple Pie and Ice Cream.
Periodically we also make sandwich lunches to take to the Sunday open-air communion services provided by the San Francisco Night Ministry. Our belief is that we have been so blessed in our lives that sharing food with those on the margins is a meaningful and useful thing to do. It is also great to be able to do it in collaboration with sister congregations and faith communities.