‘The Sharing’ goes on with fellowship and food

De Smet UMC continues tradition of serving free monthly meals

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The De Smet United Methodist Church (UMC) has been hosting “The Sharing” for several years. The UMC offers a free meal to not only church members, but to everyone in the area. It’s an opportunity for all to come together as a community.

“The Sharing” meal is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the De Smet UMC. Those wishing to participate can either enjoy the meal by dining in the church, picking up a meal curbside on the east side of the church or calling in for delivery.

According to Marlys Larsen, a group of about five people usually work together on planning, preparing and serving the meal each month.

The meals vary from sandwiches and sides to a full Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the fixings.

“THE SHARING” BEGINNINGS

The De Smet UMC decided to start “The Sharing” to give community members an opportunity to gather for fellowship and food.

“It’s really more about offering a place for community members to get out and get together than about the food,” said Marlys Larsen.

Larsen guessed that “The Sharing” has been happening for about nine years. It began as a dine-in only meal at the UMC, where everyone was invited to come together.

HOW “THE SHARING” HAS CHANGED

As with many things, “The Sharing” had to adjust during the COVID pandemic. Since people could no longer gather, the UMC decided to change the free meal to delivery or pick-up only.

Once restrictions on public gatherings were relaxed, the church opened again for dine-in eating. It started with socially distanced dine-in and eventually went back to normal dine-in seating. The UMC decided to continue the delivery and pick-up options as well, for those who could not attend in person.

THE FUTURE OF “THE SHARING”

The De Smet UMC plans to continue hosting “The Sharing” the first Tuesday of each month, and they welcome everyone in the community to join them for food and fellowship.

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