UpRiver Meals Planned

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Free meals will be offered in the communities of Emida and Fernwood beginning next month.

The idea emerged from a men’s Bible study group, Jon Swanson said. He said Pastor Brian Primer, of the Fernwood Community Bible Church, allowed him to conduct a study on Revelation and one of the things the group discussed was famines.

“We wanted to figure out a way we could serve the community,” he said. “The scriptures talk about famines and the projection is they could be right around the corner. So we were asking how can we put something in place to serve our community now and at the same time provide food storage to further serve when it gets more difficult.”

Jon Swanson invites members of the UpRiver community to a kickoff event next month. He and others are orgnaizing to provide free meals in Fernwood and Emida once a month on a trial basis. If it goes well, the hope is to offer meals weekly.

Jon Swanson invites members of the UpRiver community to a kickoff event next month. He and others are orgnaizing to provide free meals in Fernwood and Emida once a month on a trial basis. If it goes well, the hope is to offer meals weekly.

Mr. Swanson said the group recognized the lower income families living in the UpRiver area who may struggle to put food on the table.

The late Pastor Parker McNeill asked the group to consider doing a meal in Emida as well as Fernwood, Mr. Swanson said.

“The goal is to help those in the community who may have financial limitations and it may be difficult for those from Emida to commute to Fernwood. He said it would be well received if we did it in Emida as well,” Mr. Swanson said.

Mr. Swanson said the effort is a result of the Christian community rallying to do something to serve the UpRiver area.

“It’s not necessarily the Fernwood Community Bible Church or the Emida Community Church,” he said. “This is the whole Christian community in the area coming together, united in the effort to do something for the communities.”

Meals will be offered monthly in both Emida and Fernwood on a trial basis. A kickoff event is planned from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at the CAF Building in Fernwood.

“We will explain the new free food service we are bringing for our UpRiver communities of Fernwood, Santa and Emida,” Mr. Swanson said.

Lasagna will be served during the kickoff event. In addition, the movie, “When the Game Stands Tall” will be shown. Transportation from Emida to Fernwood will be provided for the kickoff event. A bus will depart from Emida at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8:30 p.m.

The kickoff meal, as well as all of the others, is free. Mr. Swanson said a donor has stepped forward to make the trial run possible.

After the kickoff event, meals will be served beginning at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Fernwood Community Bible Church and the first Thursday of the month at the Emida Community Center March through May. The first dates for the meals in March are March 3 in Fernwood and March 5 in Emida. Transportation will not be provided following the kickoff event as the meal will be offered in the two different locations.

Mr. Swanson said there will be no special needs provisions such as gluten free options during the trial run. If all goes well, and meals continue to be offered, special provisions will be made available.

If the meals are well received the goal is to bring them to the communities on a weekly basis. While one donor has already covered costs with the trial run, others who are able are invited to support the effort by making a donation or volunteering their time to serve food.

“It took us some time to get things rolling, but we wanted to do it right,” Mr. Swanson said. “It’s finally come together and we’re very excited about it. This mission further opens doors to reach our area for Christ Jesus. We consider it a missions door unto God’s glory and praise.”

For those who would like more information, call Mr. Swanson at (503) 255-6219, email him at jonswanson@msn.com or write him at P.O. Box 186, Santa, 83866. Fliers are also being mailed out to postal customers in the UpRiver area.

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