**PLEASE MAKE NOTE THAT WE *WILL* BE HAVING A POTLUCK THIS GATHERING! SO BRING YOUR FAVORITE ENTREE, SIDE DISH, OR DESSERT, AND BRING ENOUGH TO SHARE. LOOKING FORWARD TO "BREAKING BREAD" WITH EVERYONE THIS SUNDAY! ;-) **
Monthly Theme: All About Camp Quest!
Join us as the leaders and volunteers from Camp Quest present some of the amazing work they are doing with the secular summer camp. We will have an exclusive look at some of the new programming for 2016 as well as volunteer opportunities and fundraising for camp scholarships.
Camp Quest is a place for fun, friends, and freethought for kids ages 8-17. Our camps provide a traditional sleepaway summer camp experience with a wide range of activities including sports, crafts, games, swimming, and campfires. In addition to our traditional summer camp activities, Camp Quest offers educational activities focused on critical thinking, ethics, scientific inquiry, philosophy, and comparative religion.
Camp Quest is open to all children and teenagers within the age range, but it is particularly geared towards building a community for children from atheist, agnostic, humanist and other freethinking families. Our goal is to provide a place where children can explore their developing worldviews, ask questions, and make friends in an environment that is supportive of critical thinking and skepticism.
The Fellowship of Freethought, as part of its mission to promote a family-friendly organization that emphasizes education, socialization, and charity, will be encouraging its members to gather together once a month to learn from each other, share in each others' lives, and coordinate outreach to the community. These "Gatherings" will combine music, short presentations, and special announcements all running alongside a fun yet educational youth program. Following presentations and youth activities is a potluck meal to encourage close fellowship among all members.
Let's make this potluck great for everyone by following some time–tested tips…
Bring a main dish, or hearty side. FoFDallas will supply the desserts, drinks, ice, napkins, plates, cups, and eating utensils. Tip: home–cooked is better and cheaper than pre–made foods at the store, but those are an alternative if you are in a rush.
Bring a sufficient amount. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough to feed yourself, your family, and your guests — as if that were all you had to eat — preferably with some left over.
Food should be "ready to serve". It should be cooked, cut, and ready for someone to quickly put it on their plate as they walk through the line.
Label your item. Use a notecard to indicate what the item is, and perhaps what is in it (if it's not obvious). If it's vegetarian and/or vegan–friendly, you can note that as well. This is especially important if your dish contains one of the most common food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts (groundnuts), nuts from trees (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts), fish, shellfish (including mussels, crab and shrimps), soy products, and wheat.
If you are able to plan your pot luck dish in advance, or at least know the type of dish you can commit to bringing, please indicate main, side, vegetarian, diabetic, etc in your RSVP comments.
If you have your own suggestions on how to make the potluck better, please let Jeffrey know.
Applications for Voting Membership will be collected at the Gatherings.
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