This blog is posted by "Elijah's Table," a joint project of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry, NH) and Etz Hayim Synagogue (1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH), both located on Hood Road in Derry, NH. Twice a month we provide free, family-friendly dinners, which are served in a relaxed atmosphere. There are other organizations in the Derry, New Hampshire area that also offer free and delicious meals to the public. Please see the calendar on the right-hand side of this blog for a list of upcoming meals. And don't forget the offerings of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen (described on the left-hand side of this blog) and The Derry Salvation Army!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"You're a godsend."

Gosh, tonight was so busy that I failed to take more than just a handful of pictures.  Here are two that I like, of new and happy customers.

Don't let the empty table in the top picture fool you.  Those folks came early and the place was hopping by the start of the meal.  By the way, the salad and tangy green bean dish were especially delicious.  And, aside from the great dinner, we had a TON of desserts to give away.

As she was leaving, one of our regular customers said, "You're a godsend."  Funny, but that is how I feel about our customers and our volunteers.  You are all wonderful.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Chocolate Snowmen

Though it's taken me a while to write, December's ET was terrific.  We had eggplant parmesan, cheesy broccoli, mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, and more.  And the tables had been decorated by our ever-helpful teen volunteers with snowmen drawings covered with well-placed chocolates. To top off the evening, we had a lively Christmas sing-a-long. All that was missing was the snow. Maybe in January.  Hope you'll be there.

Three lovely servers.
Yummy table decoration.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A cornucopia of blessings.

The Community Meals Network 's Thanksgiving Day dinner (held at the Church of the Transfiguration on Thanksgiving Day) was a huge success.  And by that I mean there was great food, great decorations, great music, and many smiling faces -- volunteers and guests. 

What is the Community Meals Network?  It is a group of organizations devoted to delivering free meals in a welcoming environment to the public.  Those organizations are:  Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Etz Hayim Synagogue, First Parish Church, Saint Jude Parish Community, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church,  Sonshine Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and West Running Brook Middle School.

And what is it all about?  It is not just about food, but about providing a community space, a place of the heart, where people can gather and enjoy each other's company and good will.

Here are some highlights:

Centerpieces and decorations made by Etz Hayim Synagogue teens and West Running Brook students.  Gorgeous!

The chef.  We couldn't have done it without you.

Volunteers arrived early to set up the tables, and made friends over coffee. 

Etz Hayim Synagogue teens helped serve.
Pie x pi.
A "Thanksgiving blessing mix" delivered by three angels (see below).
The early shift.  There were waves of volunteers.  This was the first shift.
The terrific young men who joined us for the day.
More wonderful young men.  The day wouldn't have been half so wonderful without you.
The three angels (see above).
Making butter patties.
Singing ALL THE VERSES to "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands."

Napkin Folding 101.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Memo to self: "Take a note of kindnesses."

I knew I should have written it down.  One customer said something like, "it was all delicious, from the eggplant to the dessert."  But I didn't, thinking I would remember her exact turn of phrase.  There is a lesson here:  take a note of kindnesses.  
It was a great evening, with great food and great customers.  Please join us at the Community Meals Network Thanksgiving dinner, being held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thumbs Up For Trying New Things.

Hi everyone.  Last week at Elijah's Table, I served chili dogs without the dogs (but with the beans and cheese) -- among our other dishes.  I made the chili with three different kinds of beans, some veggies, and a whole lot of different spices and, to my surprise, no one was reluctant to give it a try and every last drop of the chili was eaten before the evening ended.  I love that our clients are willing to try new things. 

I'm thinking of making chili as the main course some time during the winter when its heft and warmth can soothe frozen toes and fingers, and serve it on baked potatoes. Let me know what you think.

BTW, we also had fresh salad, tuna salad, and fruit -- and a ton of dessert.  It was a really nice meal.

Thumbs up for chili dogs (without the dogs)!

More upward thumbs.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

This Old Community Dinner

A work colleague is a folk singer and composer.  One of his songs, "This Old House," is about his annual pilgrimage to a family vacation home where wonderful times are had and memories made.  I'm thinking of that song tonight, as I reflect upon my good friends who I can count on once a month to make our wonderful community dinner work.  See what I mean:

Below are some pictures from tonight (when, by the way, we had yummy buttery corn on the cob, delicious salads, cheeses, and dessert).  Tab down to the next entry to read about our upcoming fantastic festival and yard sale on August  23.

This fellow just decided to play some music for us!

Grandfather and granddaughter, and a box of cookies won at our monthly raffle.

A couple, and a couple dozen free bags of bread for their chickens.

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Etz Hayim Synagogue is having a Fair and Yard Sale on August 23.  Food, music,  good stuff to buy, things to win, great fun.  A portion of the proceeds will help fund Elijah's Table.  Please join us, have a great time, and help keep this wonderful community meals program afloat!