Annual Chili Lunch at the UUF

At the UU Fellowship, there are some small groups that we call Covenant Groups that get together and explore different ideas.  Each year, the groups do some service projects, and one of them raises some money for use in the larger congregation.  I belonged to one of these groups for two years, and we put on a chili lunch once a year as our fundraiser.  When I got married and moved further away, it was too difficult to make the midweek meetings, so I left the group.  However, I have still made Meg’s chili for the annual chili lunch, by request.   Here are some photos of this year’s chili lunch.  I’m pleased to see that the Building Your Own Theology covenant group has grown and continues to prosper… and COOK!

Who wouldnt feel welcomed by Judy?

Who wouldn't feel welcomed by Judy?

Here is Judy, who can make anyone feel welcome at this event.  I loaned her one of my aprons.  She’s famous for making lots of cornbread, and is the person who introduced me to cheese and onions on chili, since she’s an Ohio native.

Prepping for the Service Rush

Prepping for the Service Rush

Here are Rosalind and Laura prepping the accouterments for beverages and toppings. In the past, I have loaned Laura aprons, but she got her own this year- very colorful and appropriate for a Welcoming Congregation, don’t you think?

We like helpers of all ages, who will happily take your donation

We like helpers of all ages, who will happily take your donation

UUF events are very family oriented- we’ll even let your kids WORK!  Hehehe.  Misty is providing a little supervision of Zach, her son.

Not 57 varieties, but at least 5 different kinds of chili

Not 57 varieties, but at least 5 different kinds of chili

There is something for every taste at this chili lunch.  Chili with beef, with venison, with many kinds of beans, with vegetables, the variety can be overwhelming if you can’t decide.  It’s a common practice to try bits of different ones.  Here our volunteers are doing last minute things before the serving starts.

Chef Dave, Tasting for Quality Control

Chef Dave, Tasting for Quality Control

Look- there’s food at the Fellowship, and Dave is involved.  I knew I liked this guy.  Note that he is looking much less skeptical about what’s in the pots than our younger congregant.  Dave has posted his chili recipe on the bulletin board in the coffee room- his had about six kinds of beans, I think.

A Feasting Fellowship

A Feasting Fellowship

We had a good crowd, though I think the cooks were prepared for many more.  On the bright side, I was able to give some of my extra chili to some of my friends  in the group who really like it for another meal.  I do know that the people who stayed really had a good time, and I met two new people, and learned a lot about them.  I’m happy to keep helping with this event each year.

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3 Responses to Annual Chili Lunch at the UUF

  1. Ingrid Iverson says:

    I am grinning from ear to ear. Such wonderful pictures and fun write up. Makes you want to be a part of this great group.

  2. Tiff says:

    I’m famous! You can see half of the back of my head. 🙂 I’m so excited that I finally visited your blog, and now it is in my RSS feeds. Yay.

  3. admin says:

    Hey Tiff- will you provide a photo of M. for the Baby:Quilt gallery? Please?

    Glad you’ve joined the readership! Another non-relative. 🙂

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