Serving Through Pancakes
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~Philippians 2:4
Two Sundays ago, was February tenth. In addition to being the fifth Sunday in ordinary time, it was also the Valentine's Day Pancake Breakfast for the Sacred Heart / Saint Cecilia Youth Group, held at the Sacred Heart cafeteria. Yes my old Alma Mater!
What a great fundraiser! The tickets were only six bucks and you received three large pancakes, three sausage links, fruit cup, coffee and orange juice. The youth group students, along with their fearless leaders, decorated the cafeteria in a fun Valentine's Day motif, set up the seating areas and prepped the kitchen prior to the event. This ambitious group worked the Saturday morning prior and started the Pancake Breakfast off at 7:30 am. The fundraiser was open to serve the hungry community at 9:00 am and wrapped up around 12:00 pm. Kyle served mass Saturday night, allowing us to contribute our Sunday toward the event.
Everyone who assisted with the Pancake Breakfast was needed and truly made a difference. Everyone, all the youth group students, parents and friends alike, but let me explain how valuable one leader is with an event like this one. A special kudos goes out to our event organizer, Marty Singer. Marty really rocked the house! His experience and general know how with running a kitchen made the Pancake Breakfast run smoothly and seamlessly. Seriously! Marty certainly has been blessed with very important attributes, and his strongest ones were exhibited throughout the day and prior to the fundraiser. God has blessed him with leadership, organization, common sense, patience, and authority, just to name a few. He had everyone aligned and delegated appropriately, including selling the tickets, setting up and tearing down the kitchen and cafeteria, plus administering and directing the volunteers during the breakfast itself, real-time while the pancakes were being flipped. The logistics to getting an event like this one organized can be overwhelming, let alone have it go off without a hitch.
Marty ordered the food and supplies, not just for the dinner but for all aspects of the event including the chef's hats, a nice touch! On a side note, that made working in the kitchen more fun and we appeared totally official! Marty calculated the cost of everything and manged the entire process to stay within budget, concluding the fundraiser a success. As he was running around keeping everyone on their toes and moving things along, I heard him continue down his checklist residing in his mind, really only speaking to himself but clearly having our lot under control. He had a specific number of pancake dinners to serve, and you know what?
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