Waverly United Methodist Church hosts Labor Day Bull Roast


Waverly United Methodist Church hosts Labor Day Bull Roast

By Joan Mead-Matsui - For Abington Journal



From left, Ron Hackman, Scott Township, Georgia Bass, Clarks Summit, Shirley Rosencrance, Waverly, and Janet Beck, Waverly, were part of the kitchen crew.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Desserts included pies and cakes. From left, Evalyn Rudat, Scranton and Kathy Craven, Clarks Summit helped to keep the desserts moving from the church basement to the patrons.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Cathy Craig collected tickets.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Ron Whitaker and Steve Bray were at the church grounds bright and early to roast the 500 pounds of beef.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Vera, left, and Jimmy Grieggs, Peckville, celebrate Labor Day at the 46th Annual Labor Day Bull Roast at the Waverly United Methodist Church.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Charlotte Howe, 11-months-old, and mom, Kendall Howe traveled from Wilkes-Barre.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

From left, Alice Kresge, Clarks Summit, Debbie Molinaro, Dalton and Tona Whitford, Clarks Summit served patrons.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Ron Whitaker, bull roast co-chair, sliced sirloin rounds of beef.


Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

WAVERLY TWP. — Co-chairs Holly Gilpin and Ron Whitaker and a committee of 40 people arrived bright and early on a warm late summer morning to prepare a feast for 530 who attended the 46th Annual Labor Day Bull Roast on Sept. 7 at the Waverly United Methodist Church.

Ron Whitaker and “his partner” Steve Bray had sirloin rounds of beef on the spit by 5:30 a.m.

“Five hundred pounds of beef requires approximately 400 pounds of charcoal,” Whitaker, a chef at the Waverly Country Club, Clarks Summit, said as he sliced the beef.

The menu was fit for royalty with 200 pounds of parsley potatoes, sliced tomatoes, 800 ears of corn, homemade baked beans and desserts.

Folks from around the state and as far as New York and New Jersey traveled to Comm Square to share in the holiday gathering.

“The roast brings the community together,” Gilpin said. “People sometimes don’t see folks from year to year, so it’s one big picnic, so to speak.”

When the roast began 46 years ago, the men’s club offered the dinner to raise funds.

“It (the roast) grew to the point where they really needed to include the women and then it became a whole church project,” said Gilpin.

The bull roast is one of two fundraisers held at the church annually and 10 percent of the proceeds go to missions throughout the year, according to Gilpin.

“A number of years ago, we were to the point where we thought we would have to give it up because we didn’t have the help and the community actually came out. They weren’t members of the church, but they came out and supported and helped us the day of the bull roast, so we’ve been able to continue (this event),” he said.

Members of the church’s congregation come from other municipalities including Scranton, Fleetville and Newton Township.

David Gilpin, Newton Township, was seated alongside Church Street, directing traffic to the expanded parking area behind the church. He has volunteered at the bull roast since 1968.

“It (the bull roast) brings a lot of families together that haven’t seen one another in maybe a year, sometimes six months or a couple of years. I think it’s the camaraderie with families,” said David Gilpin.

As for the rain-free day, bright blue sky and temperatures in the high 80s, Holly Gilpin commented, “We are so fortunate and blessed to have this weather.”

From left, Ron Hackman, Scott Township, Georgia Bass, Clarks Summit, Shirley Rosencrance, Waverly, and Janet Beck, Waverly, were part of the kitchen crew.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Kitchen-Crew.jpgFrom left, Ron Hackman, Scott Township, Georgia Bass, Clarks Summit, Shirley Rosencrance, Waverly, and Janet Beck, Waverly, were part of the kitchen crew. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Desserts included pies and cakes. From left, Evalyn Rudat, Scranton and Kathy Craven, Clarks Summit helped to keep the desserts moving from the church basement to the patrons.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Rudat-and-Craven.jpgDesserts included pies and cakes. From left, Evalyn Rudat, Scranton and Kathy Craven, Clarks Summit helped to keep the desserts moving from the church basement to the patrons. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Cathy Craig collected tickets.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Cathy-Craig.jpgCathy Craig collected tickets. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Ron Whitaker and Steve Bray were at the church grounds bright and early to roast the 500 pounds of beef.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Bull-Roast.jpgRon Whitaker and Steve Bray were at the church grounds bright and early to roast the 500 pounds of beef. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Vera, left, and Jimmy Grieggs, Peckville, celebrate Labor Day at the 46th Annual Labor Day Bull Roast at the Waverly United Methodist Church.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Vera-and-Jimmy-Grieggs.jpgVera, left, and Jimmy Grieggs, Peckville, celebrate Labor Day at the 46th Annual Labor Day Bull Roast at the Waverly United Methodist Church. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Charlotte Howe, 11-months-old, and mom, Kendall Howe traveled from Wilkes-Barre.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Charlotte-and-Kendall-Howe.jpgCharlotte Howe, 11-months-old, and mom, Kendall Howe traveled from Wilkes-Barre. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

From left, Alice Kresge, Clarks Summit, Debbie Molinaro, Dalton and Tona Whitford, Clarks Summit served patrons.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Kresge-Molinaro-Whitford.jpgFrom left, Alice Kresge, Clarks Summit, Debbie Molinaro, Dalton and Tona Whitford, Clarks Summit served patrons. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Ron Whitaker, bull roast co-chair, sliced sirloin rounds of beef.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Waverly-Ron-Whitaker.jpgRon Whitaker, bull roast co-chair, sliced sirloin rounds of beef. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal
Waverly United Methodist Church hosts Labor Day Bull Roast

By Joan Mead-Matsui

For Abington Journal

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