The United Methodist Women of Emmanuel Methodist Church are planning several community events beginning with a free Senior Citizen Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
“All area seniors are welcome to attend,” said Lynn Hartley UMW president. “We will feed anyone who is hungry and won’t turn anyone away. The more people we can feed, the better it will be.”
Seniors are invited to bring a friend to this event. The luncheon will be held at the church located at 4312 Amelia Olive Branch Road in Batavia. This is the first in a series of free luncheons and dinners planned for 2010.
"Prom dresses are still being accepted. We are looking for formals and hope to be partnering with Skefingtons for tuxes for the guys," said Hartley. "We gave away more than 25 gowns last year and for our first year we felt that it was a wonderful success. We have about 70 gowns now and are getting more each week. They are free to anyone who needs one, they just need to come and pick it out on Feb. 27."
"Our Emmanuel Easter Eggs go on sale on Feb. 27, also," said Hartley.
Creating and selling the homemade Easter Eggs is an annual holiday tradition for the church which started in 1955.
"Each egg is handmade and weighs about one pound," she said. "We have many flavors to choose from chocolate, peanut butter, opera cream, strawberry and orange."
According to Hartley, the UMW will utilize some of the proceeds to help cover the cost of sending an occupational therapist on a three-week mission trip to Russia.
"Kim Royer will be staying at an orphanage for disabled children while in Russia," said Hartley. "She will be working with the children, teaching them how to use different equipment."
The UMW also funds other missions which include sending children to camp and on mission trips, helping to feed the community and health fairs.
"We have four fund-raising ventures to cover all the costs of these missions," said Hartley. "We end each year with a zero balance by putting everything back into the community. God is good to us and we need to do for others. I feel extremely blessed to be able to do His work and seeing people happy is such a wonderful reward for our work."
An Easter Egg Hunt is also on their schedule for Saturday, March 27. The event will be held at the Batavia Township Community Center located on Clough Pike.