Butler County Times Gazette
  • Leon offering community meal

  • In today’s fast-paced world, it can sometimes be hard for families to reconnect after a long day. Two churches in the Leon community are hoping to change that with their organization of the Family Diner Dinner.
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  • In today’s fast-paced world, it can sometimes be hard for families to reconnect after a long day. Two churches in the Leon community are hoping to change that with their organization of the Family Diner Dinner.
    “Between work, school, church, extracurricular events, social events and the occasional periods of time in which we stop to sleep, there seems to be very little time in which families can actually gather together and interact with one another other than the cursory conversation between one of life’s transition to another,” explained Pastor Jim Helzer from the Leon United Methodist Church.
    The United Methodist Church and the Greater Works Full Gospel Church of Leon bonded together to begin Family Diner Dinners.
    “The dinners draw the families together so they don’t have any distractions while they’re eating,” said organizer Bobbie Suttle. “Sometimes we host the dinner on the church property and sometimes it’s held downtown.”
    The dinners offer a unique opportunity for families to come together with the community and share a meal.
    “The dinners are intended as an opportunity for families to gather together without distraction, without preparation and without complications to simply eat, visit and listen to one another,” added Helzer.
    Those involved have done their best to involve everyone from the community.
    “It’s open to the community,” said Suttle. “We send out flyers with the grade school packets to let everyone know about it. Individuals can come, too. It’s for people to get to know each other. This is to unite the community.”
    “We see those within the community as we pass by one another on the streets, at school functions, at church, at the post office,” said Helzer. “We occasionally stop long enough to have a brief conversation before rushing off to the next thing in our day but as it often is with our families, rarely do we have the luxury of time to sit, talk and listen.”
    The group hopes to serve as many families as possible.
    “To date, the response has been great,” said Helzer. “One meal was a free hamburger feed in which over 100 people from the community of Leon were served.”
    The next dinner will be held between 6 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday just outside the Leon Cafe in downtown Leon, but the tradition has been an effort for several months.
    “We’ve been holding these dinners for probably about year,” explained Suttle. “We have them every other month and we’ve had at least five.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The meal on Wednesday will feature sloppy joes, slaw, chips and a dessert and is free of charge.
    “The meal was great,” said Helzer, “but the real reward was the interaction between people within the community.”

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