Weekend Planner: A hunger for giving

Weekend Planner: A hunger for giving

The parishioners of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church who will be flipping pancakes and cooking sausage today are doing more than filling the bellies of hundreds of guests. They are also raising money for local charities.

It's all part of the church's 50th Pancake and Sausage Day Extravaganza. The all-you-can eat feast for a $6 donation runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the church at 2201 County Road 900 E., C. Here's more via staff writer Tim Mitchell:

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United Methodist Men's ROBERT SHERMAN said church members are cooking 800 pounds of locally raised meat. The sausage comes from the hog farm of area farmer ROBERT FORTNEY.

The women of the church have been baking goodies that will go on sale at 8 a.m.

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Dedicated on Aug. 14, 1874, the church had two entrances in its early days. Men filed in through the southern entrance while women used the northern entrance.

Before switching to pancakes and sausage, church members used to hold a ham-and-beans fundraiser.

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Several local service organizations will benefit from the pancake-and-sausage sales, including Cunningham Children's Home, Chaddock, Restoration Urban Ministries, Mahomet Youth, Helping Hands and Salt & Light Ministries.

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