A Sunday School class at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, is gearing up to serve an All You Can Eat Community Spaghetti Dinner, to raise funds for two families who have had unfortunate events recently happen to them.
The spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the church. For ticket information, call Jan Wentz at 570-386-2073. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, applesauce, drink and a homemade dessert.
The dinner will be prepared and served by the class and all funds raised will help Keith and Petra Rex of Mahoning Township who lost their home at 3176 Mahoning Drive West in Lehighton, following a fast moving fire on Jan. 28, 2012 that completely razed their home and the Getten Family of Weatherly who has a family member with serious medical issues.
The Rex Fire Fund has been established at the Sovereign Bank Branch in Snyders, 2092 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, 17960.
The Getten family is close friends with Sunday School superintendent Justin Fritz.
Last year's event raised $3,000 which was donated to help Richard "Digger" Bloom, who was injured on July 23, 2010 in a swimming pool in his backyard, an injury that broke his neck and caused him the become paralyzed below the neck. The funds were used to help pay Bloom's medical expenses or to help purchase a handicapped van.
Jan Wentz, Sunday School teacher, said that the students who are in middle school and high school thought of the project on their own last year, but this year there was input from the community and congregation. The children plan to do most of the work.
"We've had most of the items donated by the congregation and community," said Wentz. "The children are making their own meatballs and the sauce is homemade by members of the congregation."
"We've been talking a lot about service to others," said Wentz. "God commands us to serve and help other people, but that we need to do it with love."
She said she is proud of the students who are putting the lessons they learned in Sunday School into practice.