Food helped bring several Valley churches together as part of an interfaith fellowship on Monday.
The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches held its annual Taste of the Faiths fundraiser at St. Charles Church in Boardman. Congregations from the area brought a dish of what the people of their congregation specialize in, and those in attendance got to sample the various foods.
“It’s not only a mixing of food, but a mixing of faith in a sense that people are sitting next to people who are from a different tradition than their own but they love one another, care about one another, they enjoy being with one another,” said Fr. Bob Bonnot, president of the MVAC.
Appetizers were provided by Heritage Presbyterian Church, with salads provided by Jorgine’s Deli and Kravitz Deli. Main dishes included:
- Pork tenderloin with cranberries, provided by St. John’s Episcopal Church
- Creamed chicken and biscuits, provided by First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown
- Sweet & sour kielbasa, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in McDonald
- Vegetarian selections, Evergreen Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Swedish meatballs, Bethel Lutheran Church
- Stuffed eggplant, Grace AME Church in Warren
- Savory kolachi, Word of God Christian Fellowship
- Potato pirohy, Christ Our Savior Parish at Holy Trinity in Struthers
- Pizza, St. Anthony Church
The churches also provided desserts, including:
- Pizzelles, Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers
- Rice pudding, Bethel Lutheran Church
- Dessert kolachi, Word of God Christian Fellowship
- Assorted cookies, St. John’s Episcopal Church
- Assorted desserts, Grace AME Church in Warren
- Hawaiian nut cake, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, McDonald
- Sugar-free brownies, Evergreen Seventh Day Adventist Church
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