Capital Campaign Update, Summer Worship Gathering, Celebrate our Latino Ministry, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 20 http://mailchi.mp/7c791235a32e/ey7eu7o5mr-1265137
From the Parish Administrator
Ms. Cindi Sanders
Since September 1999, St. John's has provided a meal to those who are hungry in our community. No questions asked. We also provide to our guests takeaway bags of five food items on Sundays.
Recently we have had kitchen managers who have felt called to other ministries or to other projects. Do you feel a certain sense of fulfillment when you feed people? Does it make you happy to see family and friends gathered around the table eating food that you prepared? You may be called to be a Loving Spoonful kitchen manager.
The job of a kitchen manager is to coordinate with me what meal will be served on the day that the kitchen manager is in charge. The kitchen manager prepares the meal, along with volunteers who have signed up for that day, and then serves our guests. The kitchen manager makes sure all volunteers are wearing plastic gloves, hats, are following health department procedures, and supervises kitchen cleanup.
Right now we are looking for kitchen managers! The expectation would be serving as kitchen manager on Wednesdays and/or Sundays. Your start time would depend on the meal being served on your assigned date. Wednesdays we serve from 5:30 – 6:30pm and Sundays we serve from 1:00 – 2:00pm. Kitchen Managers would be scheduled once every 6 or 7 weeks.
This is a ministry that our guests have come to depend on and love. They have formed their own community inside of ours, our church is their church, our space is their space, too, even if only for a few hours, even though it's in a different way than we experience community and church.
One of our kitchen managers, Alicia Hager, wrote once about the different kind of communion that is offered in the Loving Spoonful kitchen. She wrote about how we are all finding grace, how we are all coming to the table and being fed. This is an important ministry and if you feel called to it I would ask you to get in touch with me so we can talk more.
If you don't feel called to be a kitchen manager, or don't feel that you can make the time commitment, there are other ways you can help! We have a whiteboard outside of the kitchen that lists our most common supplies and ingredients. Take a look, maybe you could donate some of those items. We have someone that has volunteered to go and pick up food from LOVE in Action every week or so. It would be great to have another volunteer, too. With another volunteer, you would only have to visit Love in Action once a month.
There's an old saying about how it takes a village, and it does take a village to continue feeding 25 – 35 hungry people twice per week at St. John's. This is not something that I or the other kitchen managers can do on our own, we need your help.
Please prayerfully consider offering your assistance so that we can keep this ministry moving. Feeding people who are hungry, offering community to those who don't have any other, while we change lives.
Read more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 20 http://mailchi.mp/7c791235a32e/ey7eu7o5mr-1265137
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