The Reverend had a meeting scheduled but took time for a brief Midweek Oasis beforehand.
Once a month since November, West Nottingham Presbyterian Church has hosted evening meals for individuals and families. For the cost of $5 per person or $10 for a family, volunteers serve up a meal.
Last week, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, desserts, and drinks were on the menu.
Stepnitz said the event typically attracts about 50 people per month for the dinner. The goal is to bring people into the church building and for community outreach. For a few years the church has served free lunch twice a month. That event has attracted as many as 200 people per meal. The dinners are an offshoot of that program.
About a half dozen people volunteer to prepare the meal. A second crew comes in afterward for clean up. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and people serve themselves, family style until 7 p.m.
Stepnitz, who is a retired engineer, said he has gotten a lot of satisfaction out of feeding people. "Personal satisfaction comes with it. I like serving people. I'm retired and this gives me something to do. This is a good group of folks and good fellowship. I like working with people and meeting new people," said Stepnitz.
Bill Standiford volunteers. Last week he was cooking burgers on a flat top grill. "This gets people from the community into the building. We have a nice hall and we need to make use of it," said Standiford. "I just enjoy working with people. I get to meet new people and see people I don't see too often."
Sally McGarvey said she enjoys volunteering and said the price for the meal is reasonable. Pat Dettmer was also cooking.
"This is a lot of fun and I like to cook. I support the church in anyway I can and this is fun," said Dettmer.
Maggie Jackson turned out to eat the meal. "It's great. It's wonderful. When you live alone and it's $5 for an evening meal, you can't beat it. I look forward to these evening meals. I don't have to worry about cooking for myself," said Jackson.
George and Nancy Kelley traveled from Elkton with their grandson, Bryce, for the meal. It was there second time attending Midweek Oasis. "We support all the churches. This is fantastic and we meet people," said George Kelley.
"I get a night off from cooking and I enjoy it. Anything to get away from the kitchen," said Nancy Kelley.
Shawn Pfarner brought his three children, all under age eight to the meal. He said it was a nice break. His wife attends college and was in class. "This is a good deal for the family. We attend a lot of community stuff," said Pfarner.