Madonna Renewal Center-Freeport Illinois- Thank you to the over 300 people who donated money and attended the spaghetti dinner held by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to raise funds for the renovation of the Madonna Renewal Center. Thank you to all the volunteers that spent time preparing and serving dishes that had been provided for this event. Thank you to Pastor Keith Johnson and First Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their facilities for this event and allowing the Sisters to hold their committee meetings there. We are an all Faith based group within the Community attempting to make a place of healing and hope for women in need of our services.
MadonnaRenewalCenter.com – Freeport, Il – by Annarae – On Tuesday, February 17, over two hundred people braved the icy cold winds to enjoy good food, fellowship, and to help a worthy cause, the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital. This event was held in the lovely facilities of the First Lutheran Church in Freeport. We are grateful to Pastor Keith Johnson and to the First Lutheran Church community for allowing us to use their facilities, not only for this event but for graciously allowing the Sisters and the various committees to hold their monthly meetings there. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), our “Blue Nuns” held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for their project, the Madonna Renewal Center, which will be a place of healing and hope to women. To say this event was a success would be an understatement! A steady stream of hungry folks kept all the volunteer kitchen crew busy the entire time. Everyone raved about how wonderful everything tasted and many asked when the next dinner would be held. Spaghetti, meat balls or sauce, salad with a tasty Italian style dressing, garlic bread and a beverage made a filling and oh, so enjoyable meal, or perhaps I should say feast. This was all topped off with an array of desserts that filled over two long tables from which one could pick a generous portion of cakes, cookies, or pies. Trust me, no one went away hungry!