Community Corner Café Gathering Steam
The Community Corner Café’ (C3) is building up a head of steam in more ways than one. Anyone who would like to get in out of the cold and join the crowd for an evening of good food and good company without cost should come to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church (SMLC), 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, Friday evenings between 4:30 and 6:30. The reservation tickets for a “ride” in the dining car can be picked up free of charge at Crossroads Ministries, Estes Park Senior Center, Good Samaritan Village, Salud Clinic, or Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. “Hitch-hikers,” aka last-minute dinner guests without any advance reservation tickets, are also welcome as long as they bring a warm handshake and/or a friendly smile. All aboard?!
The most important fuel being used for these warm and friendly evenings is the wealthy supply of generous workers who have volunteered to do the cooking, serving, and cleanup until the end of April. They are as follows: the Noon and Evening Rotary Clubs, the Masonic Lodge, the Family Medical Clinic, the Venture Group, the Quota Club (pictured here), the Community Presbyterian Church of the Rockies, The Mulder group, the Lions Club, the Lutheran Men’s Club, the Salvation Army and Rocky Mountain Church.
One may wonder why these groups are so eager participate in the C3 program. Instead of claiming that they want to serve the community, they usually say that it is rewarding and fun to meet the people who attend and participate. The children participate not only by enjoying meals that are made up especially for their tastes, but also by making various seasonal crafts at the children’s table. Attendance has built up to an average of about fifty. Anywhere from twenty-two to ninety-six people have been eating and socializing between 4:30 and 6:30 on any given Friday evening. For example, fifty-six came on Christmas Eve, substituting chicken enchiladas for the traditional turkey or ham and substituting their new-found friends for absent families. The menu on New Year’s Eve was even more enticing: steaks grilled to order over charcoal…just outside the door on the barbecue grill, in spite of the subzero wind chill.
Guests who lack enough food to keep their kitchens stoked at home take the leftovers with them.
Financial fuel has also been helping to build up this head of steam. The Core Committee, led by Gary and Kelly Brown, wants to thank Crossroads, the Larimer County Food Bank, The Salvation Army, the Lions Club, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Men’s Group, and several local individuals for their generous donations. Because of Chief Chef Bruce Adams’ careful management, these free meals come at minimal total cost: about $50.00/ evening. Donations cannot be accepted for individual meals, but anyone who would like to sponsor the dinner for an entire evening should make the check out to Shepherd of the Mountains and send it with a note at the bottom, “For Community Corner Café,” and then come some Friday night just to see the good-will and fellowship that it generates.
An added burst of steam, literally, will soon make this “train” run even more smoothly. Due to the generosity and careful management mentioned above, the Core Committee has just now been able to invest in a warming/steam table to make serving easier and to keep the delicious hot food warm throughout the serving hours.
Whether one is interested in serving, being served, or just coming out to be sociable, all are welcome to join the rest of the “passengers” and crew on Friday nights between 4:30 and 5:30 at the Community Corner Café at SMLC, 2000 Ptarmigan Trial. For further information, please call any of the engineers driving this project, the Core Committee: Bruce Adams, Lynette Johnson, Stan and Jill Johnson, Mike and Daylene Vanbrunt, Gary Wallace, or Co-chairs Gary and Kelly Brown at 586-2021.