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The success of the monthly community dinners helped the First United Presbyterian Church in Alliance build a new church and now members are hoping they will help add a playground to the property. The church, at 265 W. Beech St., serves pork dinners on the first Saturday of each month. Members say the meals have become popular with community members, as well as church members. “Because fellowship is so important to the ministry of the church, the church has started dinner parties so people have another place they can go to eat and enjoy visiting with friends and family,” said the church said in a press release explaining the effort. “People came often and stayed all the time enjoying their chance to relax and sightsee.” After taking a break in early 2020 during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, church members turned the fundraiser into a drive-in event in October 2021. Money raised also helps support other church programs. Two of First United Presbyterian Church’s missions are the free annual Christmas dinner for all members of the community and the church’s camp, Camp LiMRod, which offers camps for area children during the summer months. Dinners are held the first Saturday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinners are $10 each. The next dinner will be on March 5.