Hope That The New Life Pentecostal Church Will Have A Buffet

Now that the New Life Pentecostal Church in Dickinson, North Dakota has taken over the upstairs of the Elks Lodge building, I hope that they will have a buffet style restaurant.

I don’t see having a sit down restaurant with a menu and waitresses being very efficient or practical, especially because the Elks Lodge restaurant just went through a period of not making money.  However, I do believe that the Pentecostal women are good cooks, and that they would very much get into the spirit of things, with having a buffet.

I miss the Bonanza restaurant buffet in Dickinson very much after it closed in approximately 2014.  I hope that the New Life Pentecostal Church buffet would be very similar to the Bonanza buffet.

There are three main elements of the buffet, that I would like to have:  Salad Bar, Side Dishes, and Meat Dishes:

Salad Bar:  The salad bar should have lettuce, spinach leaves, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, olives, celery, onions, mushrooms, grated cheese, cottage cheese, potato salad, cold pasta, croutons, and several different salad dressings.

Side Dishes:  The side dishes should be mashed potatoes, steak fries, tater tots, macaroni & cheese, white rice, fried rice, pasta noodles, casseroles, baked beans, Lima beans, butter beans, grits, egg rolls, garlic toast, and bread rolls.

Meat Dishes:  The meat dishes should include Salisbury steak, chicken fried steak, meat balls, meat loaf, roast beef, beef with Chinese vegetables, beefaroni, lasagna, fried chicken, chicken & rice, sweat & sour chicken, chicken l’orange, chicken nuggets, ham, pork chops, and roast pork.

The women would run the kitchen and the buffet, the men would have to stay out of the kitchen and be greeters, hosts, cashiers, and clear off the tables.

I could see Pastor Simons greeting the customers, and going from table to table to chat with the customers as they were dining.

Every half hour, it would be time for Pastor Simons to take the stage, and perform one song.  Pastor Simons could give a brief introduction to the song, which would give him the chance to impart some message.  It might go something like this:

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for dining with us here tonight.  Though you could have eaten at the King Buffet, we like to think of our place here, as the “King of kings buffet”.

In this song, that I am about to sing to you, feel free to join in with me and our musicians on stage.

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come he to justify
One man to overthrow.
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed up on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss.
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love
What more in the name of love?
Here is what this might look like:

4 thoughts on “Hope That The New Life Pentecostal Church Will Have A Buffet

  1. I listen to Dennis Prager (radio program). The other day he had a guest on his show, an author…I can’t remember his name or the name of the book but I do remember one of the comments he made and it might apply to what’s going on with the Elks Club. The author said that if Alexis de Tocqueville (ADT) returned from the dead and revisited America he wouldn’t recognize her. (I think you blogged about ADT some while back…) The author mentioned that one of the things de Tocqueville most appreciated about our country was that we were a nation of “joiners”. ADT believed we were uniquely able to limit big government by virtue of the fact that we were joiners. The organizations we joined were edifying. They made good works their objective. They helped people. We were brought up believing we ought to get involved, be part of our community, our churches. Now, as people decide they don’t need to join (and that includes churches, civic organizations, clubs like the Elks, Rotary, Lions, yada yada), people start viewing GOVERNMENT as their caretaker, the one who ought to ‘take care’ of things.

    It is not a great sign that the Elks is doing so poorly that they decided to farm out the better part of their building.


    1. S,
      I will write about this later more thoroughly, there are three or four other things that are going on as far as the Elks Lodge and other organizations in Dickinson. The Elks Lodge probably had many prominent and successful Catholics in the past, it may have been majority Catholic in the past, these Catholics became older and older, and they died off, and younger people did not follow in their footsteps, in having allegiance to the Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, other organizations, and other beliefs and practices, which I think is for the best.

      For instance, I don’t like so much that a group of prominent and successful people in a community can control things, often times through membership in organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Business Associations, Development Associations, City Commission, County Commission, Zoning Board, School Board, Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Knights of Columbus, if they think that they are better than other people, and then they proceed to treat other people unfairly, unjustly, and unethically. Good riddance to the end of this type of activity.

      The other thing that is going on, is that the majority of people in the United States are doing so poorly economically, that it is “Every man for himself”, literally. When I was growing up in the 1970s, there was a very large lower middle class, very large middle class, and a slightly smaller upper middle class. Now, just about everybody is just barely getting by. The middle class is almost entirely gone.

      The middle class were people who had no fear of being able to pay their house off, if they had not paid it off already. They could help their kids get through college without too much difficulty. They owned automobiles which were no more of a financial burden than buying a refrigerator or washer/dryer, and could buy a new car every few years if they wanted to. They worked 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and that was enough. Many wives stayed home because they did not need to work outside of the home, there was enough money with just one income earner. People invited their friends over for dinner parties or cook outs during the week. Weekends were for family vacations and trips. Adults had enough free time outside of work to join the Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows Lodge, Rotary Club, Lions Club, PTA, Yacht Club, Country Club, etc. and be involved with other things.

      Now, people are just trying to survive. Stupid people and young people probably can’t see what I am talking about. I wonder how many people realize how much the standard of living in the United States has declined in the past 30 years? Basically, we went from where a man working 40 hours per week, could support a wife, three or four children, pay for a home, buy a new vehicle every five years, take two, week long family vacations each year, and retire at retirement age….To where now, a husband and wife both working more than 40 hours per week can barely keep up with household bills, both are constantly in fear of losing their jobs, there is no time for vacations, and they are unable to foresee being able stop working when they reach retirement age. Now, people don’t have the time or the money to join things like the Elks Lodge.


  2. FWIW, I don’t believe there’s any radio station in North Dakota carrying Prager’s show. (I listen to it on the Internet.) I think it’s a shame we only seem to have Limbaugh (though I like him).


    1. S,
      Did you watch the 6 minute video clip that I included of Elena Lev, the Russian gymnast with Alegria Cirque du Soleil 1994-2000? This was the most amazing thing that I have ever seen. Please watch if you haven’t already.


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