In order to raise funds to pay the bill for fixing its iconic New England steeple, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Wiscasset will hold the second of its summer supper series, an iconic New England event: a baked bean and casserole supper. The supper will take place on Monday, July 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
People are invited to a good old-fashioned church supper, complete with baked beans, casseroles, salads, breads, beverage, and dessert — good, solid, down-home cooking for a good down-home cause, the St. Philip’s Steeple Fund.
When the bell of a Sunday morning a couple of years ago began to thud instead of ring, and the bell rope seemed longer than usual, examination revealed that the bell carriage had crumbled. Not only that, the steps inside the steeple were too dangerous to use, and if that wasn’t enough, the copper sheathing meant to keep moisture out of the belfry had loosened at the seams and was unable to do its job, allowing other issues to develop.
Thanks to a small group of concerned parishioners, a matching grant from the Maine Community Foundation was awarded to cover much of the steeple’s reconstruction costs. Now the church needs the help of the greater community to live up to its end of the grant.
To that end, the July 31 event is very important. The charge for the meal is by donation. No donation is too small or too big. To make a reservation, which is not necessary but would help in the planning, or to obtain further information, call 882-7184. Leave a name and a return phone number for verification purposes.
Before or after attending the dinner, people should feel free to sneak a peek at all the good deals in the church’s bargain basement, which will be open during the supper event.
For those who cannot make it to the supper but would like to help out, they can write a check to “St. Philip’s Steeple Fund” and send it to the church, located at 12 Hodge St., Wiscasset, ME 04578.