Monday, August 20, 2007

Epiphany Country Diner - Minnesota State Fair

The Epiphany Diner has a long history at the Minnesota State Fair, serving the hungry and exemplifying the hospitality of Christ to fairgoers from 6:30 am until 8:00 PM every day of the Fair. This is one of the biggest fundraisers of this parish, and serves to raise money for many programs such as the food shelf, maternity clothes closet, missions in Kentucky, Guatemala, Bosnia, and Calvinia, educational ministries, and others.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 11:00 am
Lunch/Dinner 11:30 am to 8:00 pm

At Epiphany Diner, you can find all the traditional breakfast foods, and then for dinner, anything from a chef salad, to turkey dinner, chicken, bbq ribs, meat loaf (a staple in any midwestern home!), sloppy joes, or mashed potatoes and gravy.

You'll find the priests of the parish working alongside families...not all necessarily from Epiphany.

This is a wonderful endeavor and really speaks to the words of St. Francis: Preach the Gospel. If necessary, use words."

No words are necessary for these people, for they are speaking through action. They are taking time off work in order to serve at this event, not to preach, but to serve as they were directed to serve. They are all volunteers...the proceeds go to those who don't have their own financial resources.

And guess what? Epiphany Diner needs your help. Are you willing? Do you have time? And do you have a spirit of fun?

I was forwarded this e-mail tonight:

Let me first start by saying thank you to all of you who have signed up to work at the diner & those of you who have been helping behind the scenes.

After sign ups this weekend we will still have a shortfall for the first 4 days of the fair, the most critical is the 23rd (first day of the fair) it takes 45 people to make the diner run - there are 19 signed up for that day. The other 3 days are just as low & there is not another opportunity for Mass sign-ups before the fair starts.

It would be extremely helpful if you could look at your schedules & look into your hearts & see if there is a possibility you could help out in any way, even if it is only to forward this email to everyone you know who might be in a position to help.

All of your efforts to help the Diner are Greatly Appreciated!


Michele W.
Epiphany State Fair Diner
Volunteer Coordinator

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michele at:

Please keep in mind that those who serve are not working the posted hours...they are working before breakfast to prepare, and long after close in order to clean up.

You may also contact Epiphany Parish directly at 763-755-1020 (general number) in order to sign up. There are buses that leave from Epiphany Parish twice daily to take people to the sure to enquire about this service when you call or e-mail.

For those of you who can't volunteer to fill a shift, please consider stopping by for a great meal provided by the wonderful people of Epiphany. The Epiphany Country Diner is located on Underwood Avenue north of the Haunted House and across from the Horticultural Building.

The web site for the parish is:

(Technical note: if you want to volunteer but have problems with the e-mail address, please contact me so I can forward you the original e-mail. I found I had to click directly on the link in order for it to work. Dunno why.)

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