Jenny and Kevin Burkholder to benefit from Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Potluck
Jenny and Kevin Burkholder | Burkholder Photo
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UPDATE: The Winter Warm-Up will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at 11:40 a.m. at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church (date changed from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17 due to weather and icy conditions). Mark your calendars! 


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Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Winter Warm-Up this Sunday, Feb. 17, 11:40 a.m., at the church following morning worship.

This old-fashioned church potluck features a special twist. After the meal, everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites with special green ballots, a.k.a. cold hard cash (or change or checks).

The winners receive a fancy certificate, as well as bragging rights, of course. But the true winner this year will be Jenny Burkholder, a young woman who is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer. All proceeds from the cash voting will go to Jenny and her family to help with expenses.

Jenny has recently undergone chemo and surgery for cancer, and is facing radiation treatments. She is also a paraplegic, so because of her surgery, it will be a while before she is able to transfer herself in and out of her wheelchair. She and her husband, Kevin, also have young kids at home, so let’s show the Burkholder family some Valentine’s love.

Jenny and Kevin Burkholder to benefit from Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Potluck
Jenny and Kevin Burkholder | Burkholder Photo

Jenny and Kevin are part of the Brown family, a longtime Old Mission Peninsula family. Jenny’s aunt is Marge (Brown) Long, and Marge’s parents are Ed and Jo Brown, who many of us remember being such a big part of the Old Mission Peninsula community (or perhaps you rode on Ed’s schoolbus or ate Jo’s wonderful lunches at Old Mission Peninsula School).

Amidst Jenny going through aggressive treatment for cancer, she’s been a source of inspiration to many of us following her journey on Facebook, never waivering in her faith or love.

So fire up those crock pots, casserole dishes and serving bowls! Here’s a list of the categories to give you some guidelines for cooking and voting:

  • Sweet Treat
  • Call of the Wild
  • Crunchy Green Stuff
  • Rice Rice Baby
  • That’s Using Your Noodle
  • Ch Ch Ch Cheesy
  • Three Alarm
  • Best of Show

Don’t feel like cooking? No worries! Everyone is welcome to just come and eat, visit with your neighbors and know that you’re supporting Jenny and her family. And don’t we all need to get together and think about something other than icy roads and winter? Yes, we do!

And of course, you’re always welcome to come early for church worship at 10:30 a.m., as well.

Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church is located at 16426 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. If questions, call (231) 223-4393.

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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