By CHERIL VERNON
Are you looking for a way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one?
Grace United Methodist Church will be holding its annual candlelight Valentine's Day dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 themed “A Night in Italy.” Two seatings will be available — 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The dinner will be held at Grace UMC's new property — the old Meadowbrook Country Club — located at 2130 Country Club Dr.
“We will have candlelight and nice Italian music playing. It's a great opportunity to make Valentine's plans with your loved one,” said Carey Chamberlin, the wife of Grace UMC pastor Phil Chamberlin. “It's going to be a great meal and go toward a great cause. It will be a good opportunity for people to see our new property.”
Grace UMC purchased the old country club property in November.
“We are hoping to move the church there in the beginning of March. It's not completely finished, but the area where we are having the Valentine's dinner is finished,” Chamberlin said. “We are excited about opening it up to the public. We already have a sign out front that says 'future home of Grace United Methodist Church.'”
The youth will be serving the meals and guests have four choices of entrees: Chicken alfredo, veal parmesan, four-cheese lasagna and spaghetti with meatballs. The meal will include garlic bread rolls, salad, dessert, ice tea, water and coffee. Cost is $15 per person.
“They will be served by Grace youth and all of the proceeds will go to the youth department,” Chamberlin said. “The youth will be wearing traditional button-down shirts and ties and aprons. For a lot of them, this will be their first experience waiting tables, but they will be well trained so that everybody can have a good experience.”
Reservations are recommended because seating is limited. To make reservations, call the church at 903-723-6143 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wednesday is the reservation deadline. Reservations can be made online at http://esurv.org/?s=OCDHHM_aadd0b1 or http://tinyurl.com/qeybz42
Proceeds from the event benefit the youth department.
“Many of the youth are involved in UM Army projects throughout the summer doing construction jobs like making wheelchair ramps and replacing roofs on people's homes in disrepair. They actually have to pay to be a part of it,” Chamberlin said. “For the younger children, it will go toward summer camp scholarships. Many of them would not be able to go without help, so this fund-raiser opens up a lot of opportunities for these youth to have experiences at summer camp and serving other people at UM Army.”