• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff Report

Church invites community to ‘soul food’ dinner on Dec. 9

St. Paul AME Church, at 215 Douglas Avenue, will host a soul food dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to support its ongoing efforts to help those who are less fortunate. By launching a monthly soul food dinner, the Mary Creth Missionary Society of St. Paul AME Church in Versailles also hopes to build on a church tradition of serving home-cooked meals to families, friends and neighbors. “It’s not just about fundraising,” said Rochelle Owsley, “but it’s also bringing our community together…” Owsley, who serves as president of St. Paul’s missionary society, said proceeds from Saturday’s soul food dinner will support efforts to help the community’s homeless and other less fortunate families living here. St. Paul has also adopted Woodford County Head Start, where her mom was longtime director, and its families. “We’re just trying to be more impactful for our community,” said Owsley. For $10, guests at the church’s soul food dinner will have a choice of chicken, ribs or fried fish with two sides (macaroni and cheese, greens, beans, coleslaw or hot water cornbread), a homemade dessert and drink. Many of the recipes for a traditional soul food dinner were passed down from one generation to the next – some dating back to the days of slavery, Owsley said. “Our foreparents utilized very little to do very much,” explained Dr. Robert Strode, pastor at St. Paul AME Church. “They would feed whole families with what was leftover from the master’s table. And the food now has become a cuisine for America.” Strobe said he continues to support ongoing efforts to bring unity in the churches here. “Even if we’re segregated in many instances, we are integrated in our philosophy that the door’s open to all people. And having soul food dinner will bring people (into our church) who normally don’t know what it would be like to have a soul food,” he added. For anyone who does not want to eat soul food, chili dogs, potato chips, dessert and drink will be available for $5 at the dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9.

CUTLINE: THE MARY CRETH MISSIONARY SOCIETY of St. Paul AME Church will host a soul food dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9. From left, front are Pearl Higgins and Roslyn Collins; second row, Shelby Strode, Jessie Mae Scarce, Mamie Brown and Yvonne Wilson; back, Rochelle Owsley, Darlene Jackson, Geraldine Brown, Linda Higgins and Tanya Clark. Not pictured are Christine Collins, Marilyn Collins, Betsi Jones, Renee Smith, Ronnie Mattingly and Stacy Granville. (Photo submitted)

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