On breaking bread together
“Breaking bread together is a celebration, an honor to serve, a privilege to be served, and a responsibility for all to share. We share meals as part of our church life. The essential meaning is to develop connections and relationships with individuals in the church.”
– Rev. William Haney, former UUCC minister
To welcome you into our community!
Shared meals have a long and rich history in this church. Many of our members have participated in similar dinners at other UU churches and fellowships. Variations in style and form abound. Some congregations have only a few suppers all year. Others expect monthly suppers, either in their home or at the church. Sometimes they are formal gatherings, often times they are quite casual. No matter how they are organized, they share a common theme: Food, fun, and fellowship!
How are our Suppers organized?
UUCC Dining Group suppers are scheduled for groups of eight each month, October through March, with a break for the all-member Holiday Party in December and the all-member dinner at the church in the spring. Participation is limited to adults. Responsibility for hosting is shared among all members. You don’t have to have a lot of room or a fancy-set table or anything like that. Plans can be made for indoors or outdoors – weather permitting; food can be very simple or gourmet or a mixture. Members will be assigned to a host/hostess who will then contact guests, arrange the date and time and the menu.
What will you be asked to do?
Members make their own food choices consistent with the monthly theme. Guests are asked by the host/hostess to bring the different dishes or perhaps a wine.
If you must cancel, contact your host/hostess as soon as possible. You will still be responsible for seeing to it that your contribution to the meal arrives. Remember, others are counting on it!
We thought you would never ask! Church members and friends may join anytime throughout the year. Annual dues are $12.50. All you have to do is contact one of the following persons:
- Linda Lou Brown
- Melinda Farhangi
- Rita Tucker
- Kathie Bergman
Contact information is available by calling the church office at 573-442-5764 or going to the online church directory. These four Coordinators will make sure you are included in the very next dining opportunity. Arrive on time at the dinner. Relax and have fun!
Continuing members and new participants gathered for the kickoff of the Dining Group‘s activities this year at a potluck dinner at church on Sept. 30. The group planned the themes of the five “Dinners for Eight” to be held in members’ homes from in October, November, January, February and March and signed up members to host and attend the dinners.
The in-home dinners can be thought of as “organized potlucks.” They are great settings for serious conversations among UU members and friends. Hosts arrange the times for the dinners and provide the hors d’oeuvres. Other couples or singles bring the entrée, the vegetable and salad, the dessert, and bread if needed.
In December the entire group will enjoy an hors d’oeuvres party at Church. In April the group will celebrate with a “Spring Fling Potluck” at church.
Dining Group dues of $12.50/person provide funds for drinks, bread, an entrée for the Spring Fling, printing, mailing and a generous donation to the church.
For more information, call Linda Lou Brown at 573-446-3939.
Dining Group guidelines may change somewhat from year-to-year. If changes are made, they will be posted here.
- Please call or email your guests early in the month or the previous month to schedule the dinner.
- If someone cannot attend consult the substitute list. If no substitute is available, contract other church members, friends or neighbors who would enjoy being part of the evening’s experience.
- Please be sure to call the other three couples a day or two before the dinner to ask if there are any special needs for their courses and to offer directions to your home. This is also a pleasant reminder of your dinner.
- When you are to be a guest, and the host has not called or emailed by the second week of the month, contact the host and find out why.
- When you know in advance that you will be unable to meet a dinner commitment, please call or email the host as soon as possible.
- Plan to arrive pretty much on time unless a very unusual problem arises, in which case a call to the host is essential.
- If any food preparation at the host’s home is necessary, check with the host ahead of time.
- Please try and prepare as much of your dish or dishes ahead at your own home. The availability of heating and warming or refrigeration at the host’s home is expected, however.
- It is often a good idea to coordinate courses. Guests with side dish or dessert assignments should call or email the main course provider to plan dishes that will complement and not duplicate the main course.
Comments on what to bring or provide:
- The host serves an appetizer or soup, an appropriate wine, beer or drink with the meal, and coffee. Before- and after-dinner drinks are optional.
- The couple bringing the vegetable also brings a salad course.
- The couple bringing the dessert also brings a bread course.
- If your cooking repertoire does not include food appropriate for the dining group theme of the month, a multitude of recipes for various cuisines are available by searching on the internet. Of course, libraries have many cookbooks as well, and the librarians are always very helpful if you are having trouble.