If you want to know the reason why the food here tastes so good, just know it’s because they make it with love!”
Dinner at the Brick
Light and warmth emanate from the basement, up the stairs, and out to the streets above. Delicious odors, warm laughter, and friendly chatter greet the guests as they arrive. Whatever is going on appears to be something marvelous, and it is.
This inviting scenario takes place weekly at 4:30 pm in the basement of the Fellowship Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church/ WPC, in Anacortes, Washington.
The original construction of the church in 1910, like many of the churches of its day, was done in brick. Over the years, many fondly referred to the church as The Brick. The name, Dinner at the Brick, was chosen for the wonderful community event, which evolved some eighty-seven years later.
The initial idea for Dinner at the Brick was the brainchild of Maxine Lang. She wanted to offer an inclusive outreach to the community of Anacortes, providing a venue where folks could enjoy both a hot meal and a time of fellowship. Maxine and her daughter, Cyndi Luza, prepared the first dinner in 1997 with the money provided by Janette Jones.
Initially the meals were offered only once a month. Eventually, Janette Jones became the coordinator and increased the frequency of the outreach to weekly dinners.
Don and Marilyn Hickok followed Janette as coordinators from 2004-2006, with Marilyn gifting the guests at The Brick with her handmade knit mittens and hats.
Several others came after the Hickoks, such as Lenore Robb, Jeff and Valerie Holtgeerts and the current coordinators, Dave and Jolynn Lucas.
The coordinators play an important role in scheduling the various groups and in working with the monitors who assist the volunteer host-groups who prepare and serve the meals each week.
The host groups include: four groups from WPC itself, ten other local church groups, and five additional groups–the Scouts, Rotary, PEO, and individual families.