Alice Srp is a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Camanche and is a coordinator for the St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner. The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Find out more about her in this week’s edition of Meet Your Neighbor.
How long have you helped with the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at St. Mark’s?
I’ve always helped in some way, but as far as a coordinator role, probably since 2012.
How much food do you get and how many mouths do you feed?
We buy about 220 pounds of corned beef and then we also have 40 pounds of ham, and as far as people fed, I would say we serve close to 300.
What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day?
I think it’s just the fun; it’s the spirit of the holiday. As far as the dinner, it’s the primary activity for what’s going on for us but it’s the spirit of the holiday that is the fun part.
What is your secret to a good corned beef and cabbage?
Oh, I can’t tell you. That’s our secret. Corned beef can be very tough but we know what to do to make it good...and we can’t tell you.
Why do you think it is important for churches to do a dinner like this?
Well for most churches, it is an important fundraiser to help pay obligations and also to be able to contribute to outside missions and outreach. It’s an important part of the financial structure for the church. It’s also an outreach to the community to share our facility, faith and hospitality.