"Sermons a la Carte" has been a tradition in Cherokee since 1985.
After Jan Huber, Joyce Bennett and Marilyn Cedar attended a similar service years ago, they felt that Cherokee could use an ecumenical program of this kind. With the help of the Cherokee Ministerial Association, who agreed to sponsor the program, each year, on six Wednesdays during the Lenten season, a time of music, worship and fellowship is provided at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, selected for its central location and available parking.
Six area ministers will serve as speakers this year, and 15 area churches will participate. A core group of women are involved in preparing the main dish at each Wednesday's meal, as well as setting tables and cleaning up. Members of the churches furnish salads and bars, wait on tables, usher and wash dishes. It cost $1.50 per meal 25 years ago when the program started, and the current cost is $3 a meal. All profits go to Cherokee County Work Services, the C.A.P. Food Pantry, CAASA, Mid-Sioux Opportunities, Cherokee Hospice and the Cherokee Ministerial Association Fund.
Worship begins at 12:05 p.m., and the 12:30 p.m. family-style luncheon allows those with other commitments to be finished by 1 p.m. No reservations are needed.
The theme of this year's program is "On the Road to the Cross," and the first program will be on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and the speaker will be Pastor Ethan Sayler of Memorial Presbyterian Church. His theme will be "Yield: The Road of Repentance," based on Mark 8:34-38 and James 4: 7-8. Servers for that date will be Memorial Presbyterian Church and Cleghorn Presbyterian Church.
Check the Chronicle Times each week for that week's service details.