Community Easter Meal to Occur Holy Saturday

This Lent's St. John's Community Meal is scheduled for Holy Saturday, April 15 in Goethe Hall. Every year, St. John's hosts two community meals for the greater Sacramento community at need. The first meal of the year happens during Holy Week on Holy Saturday. The second is held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Each meal is open to all members of the community. St. John's members comes together to prepare the meal and serve it to all who attend.

Our sign up for volunteers and donations is now open for Holy Saturday's meal. A lasagna meal will be served with Easter cookies and baskets to add a festive flair to the decorations and event. Needed donations include: cooked lasagna, french bread, green salad, cookies, plastic Easter eggs, candy, Easter baskets and Easter grass. Volunteers are needed for set-up, food prep, serving and clean-up. Monetary donations are also accepted. 

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For all shifts, wear clothes that can get food on them. Bring money for street parking. Please lock purses etc. in your car.  Bring small containers of hand sanitizer as possible. Please stay home if you are sick or think you may be getting sick and call the church office (444-0874) so we will find a substitute.  

  • Set-up: 8:30-10:00 — tasks will include setting up tables and chairs, putting up signs, organizing food drop-off and getting supplies ready. Decorating the hall will start.
  • Food prep: 10:00-11:30 — tasks will include ongoing food drop-off, packaging cookies, walking the lines where guests are lining up and offering coffee/candy/hospitality, preparing salad and French bread, and slicing lasagna. There are jobs for volunteers who need to sit and for direct interaction with guests.
  • Serving Shift: 11:30-2:00 — please come by 11:30 for introduction to activities and planning. You may be asked to work in another area, like dishing up food, but we try to honor requests for direct table service. For servers, you may bring an apron from home, and we have plastic aprons available. Every table has two to four servers, and you stay with the table, bring guests food, drinks and dessert. This is a sit-down dinner, and we are serving our guests.
  • Clean-up: 1:30-3:30 — This is our thinnest crew, so anyone who may want more work will be welcome. This includes washing dishes and putting them away, wiping surfaces, vacuuming and mopping, taking down signs, putting away tables and chairs. We are always done by 4:00.

Food donations:

  • Lasagna: Please cook before you bring it to church. It can be left off cooked on Friday morning or early Saturday, and we will reheat it. Even better, if you can drop it off warm, at the church, on Saturday morning after 9:00 am and before 11:00 am.
  • French bread: It can be dropped off Thursday, or Friday morning and we will add garlic butter and slice. If you bring it on Saturday, we welcome it garlic buttered.
  • Green salad: Drop off salad and dressing on Friday morning or Saturday morning.
  • Cookies-Drop off at the church Wednesday, Thursday, Friday morning or Saturday morning.  All kinds of cookies are welcome.

If you wish to make a monetary donation to help with the purchase of extra food or supplies, please visit our donation page.