Wednesday November 18th was a sad and joyous day at Mt. Calvary community Supper. It was our Thanksgiving Supper and our farewell to our Chairman Mike Tobia whose passion to take care of those in need of food and friendship was unyielding. The night was sponsored by Tom Lowe, a long time partner who always answered Mike's need for turkeys. Knowing we would be making 250 meals, we needed multiple sights to pull this together. 24 turkeys were cooked at Tom's Meat Market in Northborough, while Rhett and her husband cooked the stuffing and carrots at Acton Congregational Church. 26 pumpkin pies were cooked in the homes of Deb, Liz, Sandra, Sian, Tricia, Janis and Pattie. In side Mt. Calvary, 4 more teams carved, cooked, portioned and packaged all the meals. It was quite an orchestration to be seen.
At 3:30pm, volunteers who were not on duty this week, along with friends, partners of our Supper, and the guests who were lined up in their cars bundled up and joined us for a memorial service for Mike. Pastor Eric Sahlberg and Jack Brophy spoke of the strength of Mike throughout his years of battling cancer. Words were shared from Pastor Tim Knapp who had recently retired. They all joked about Mike's endless texting messages at 3:30am to make certain all was going well even though he could not be with us. Mike was such a kind and caring man who needed to make 110% sure everyone was being taken care of. Throughout his final months of increasing challenges, Mike was always so grateful to live for another Wednesday. Mike passed away on Thursday the 12th but we are certain he was still able to be with us in spirit this Wednesday. Whatever the weather may bring us, we will all be here to provide for our neighbors so that Mike's Supper will continue.