U Care Casseroles

CameraBag_Photo_1002For Anyone for Any Reason
by Joan Loecker

I grew up in a congregational church in the small town of Yankton, SD. Interestingly; FCC Member, Ted Lindeman’s grandfather was a pastor in this historic church for many years. It is a warm, friendly, vibrant and “forward thinking” congregation dating back to the 1860’s.

I receive The Communicator newsletter from my former church, and for many years I have noticed a wonderful mission they have successfully started called U Care Casseroles. Casseroles are made and then put in the church freezer for anyone for any reason. The FCC Health Ministry Team has wholeheartedly supported this mission and with the help of some of our expert cooks, there is an abundance of casseroles and soup in the church kitchen. Included with the casserole are the recipe, cooking instructions, and a prayer.  The recipient does not have to be a member of our church. Perhaps you have a new neighbor or know someone who has a new baby. Meals can be delivered to an elder who no longer cooks, someone who has had a death in the family or someone who needs a visit. You may pick up a casserole on Sunday morning or by going to the church office during business hours for assistance. We have a sign out sheet on the refrigerator so that people can see if a specific meal has already been taken to someone. It also allows us to see where our needs are for meals.

We are deeply indebted to the Yankton United Church of Christ Congregational , and especially Nancy Sternquist, for graciously and enthusiastically providing our church with everything we could possibly need to make U Care Casseroles our newest mission of caring. We are truly helping to “set the table for all who hunger and thirst.”

So if you know someone who could use a home cooked meal, please take a casserole or soup to them. Perhaps it is YOU who is in need of a meal! Remember, they are for anyone for any reason.

For further information about U Care Casseroles, please contact Rev. Jacque Franklin (jacque@fcucc.org/719.635.3549) or Joan Loecker (jreaney07@comcast.net).