CommonCare in Action

The CommonCare ministry offers community meals that are open to all comers on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month throughout the year except in July and August. More than 80 people gather at each cook-in to share in a healthy meal and fellowship. Over 2500 meals are served annually.

But CommonCare is about more than food for the body. The CommonCare ministry provides opportunities to experience God’s love among friends and strangers as you work side-by-side with people from the community preparing and sharing a common meal. At each CommonCare Saturday cook-in, Saint Peter’s parishioners, college students, local volunteers, and the community of people who gather for companionship and food participate in meal preparation, serving, and cleaning up.

 In two hours time, six entrees are prepared and cooked. While the food is cooking, the undercroft is transformed from a food preparation area to a dining room. When the meal is over, we wash the dishes and pots and preparing the area for Sunday use. Here's a video showing meal prep in action!

We invite you to join in any portion of the CommonCare activities on Friday evening and Saturday. You don’t have to commit to an entire Saturday--you can participate as your schedule allows. All are welcome to help! Feel free to show up on Friday or Saturday, or contact the program coordinator, Frank Smith, for more details.

Menu for June 24 meal
  • Baked Chicken Thighs
  • Artichoke – Rice Salad
  • Black Bean and Corn Salad
  • Cabbage – Apple Salad
  • Creamy Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
  • Tossed Green Salad
  • Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream
Friday evening
6 - 9 pm: Initial set up of space; prepare the main dish and a dessert

Saturday afternoon
1 - 2:30 pm:   Set up space for meal preparation
2:10 pm:        New volunteer orientation
2:30 - 5 pm:   Prepare and cook entrees
4 - 4:45 pm:   Set up space for the meal
5 - 5:45 pm:   Meal and fellowship
5:45 - 7 pm:   Clean up