Special to Iredell Free News

On Wednesday, April 24, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Statesville resumed a very popular community lunch activity following its suspension due to the COVID pandemic.

The luncheon, known as “Hot Dog Wednesday,” was originally the idea of Danny and Linda Stafford, Tony and Donna Waugh, Cheryl Pierce, Garland Perdue, and Janice Powell. When they began the once-a-month luncheon for the entire community over ten years ago, the church charged $1 for a hot dog with all the trimmings, chips, a dessert, and drink. About 200 community members regularly attended for food and fellowship during the monthly events. And free meals were provided for all first responders. 

At Wednesday’s revival, church members were pleased with the large attendance and positive response from the community. Initiated by the Wesley Evangelism Committee, church members devoted many hours to get the luncheon moving again, providing their time, preparing desserts, and other food. Over 100 people attended and purchased their hot dog, chips, dessert, and drink for $2. Donations were also accepted for important church activities. First responders once again ate free of charge. YMCA Staff contributed to the success by their advertising and member participation.

Church members plan to continue the popular “Hot Dog Wednesday” program at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on the last Wednesday of each month. Everyone from the community is encouraged to come to WMUMC at 825 Wesley Drive (across the street from the YMCA) and enjoy good food and great fellowship.