RIFA Soup Kitchen
May 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM
Almost a year ago now, our Missions Team was considering if and how we could use our kitchen facilities to serve the hungry in our community. The team invited coordinators from the RIFA Soup Kitchen to meet with them and offer their input. Following that meeting, our team members began working alongside another church, volunteering one Thursday night a month to serve dinner to the patrons at the soup kitchen. In just a few months, Aldersgate was asked to consider being the host group on the 4th Thursday evening of month as the previous church had to step aside. Our Missions Team was ready and brought the request to the church council. The council approved, and our work began. Money remaining in the budget from the discontinued food pantry was designated as money to be used for this new outreach ministry. The Missions Team accepted this request from RIFA, believing our church is called to feed the hungry and that the details of finances and volunteers would work out if we accepted the call.
So here we are – six months into this new ministry. Many of our congregation have joined in serving. Have you participated yet? Maybe you are still not sure what you can do or how to volunteer, so here are some ways you can help:
-Bring money to the communion rail each communion Sunday. This offering is designated for the soup kitchen meals. It costs around $185 each month to provide the food. If each of us gave just a couple of dollars each month, we could fund this ministry.
-Give an extra offering designated specifically for this ministry. Just mark your envelope for the soup kitchen.
-Help prepare food at the church to be delivered to the soup kitchen. (4:00 – 5:00 on 4th Thursday) Sign up list is on the bulletin board.
-Serve the prepared meals to those who come to the soup kitchen. (5:00 – 7:00 on 4th Thursday at RIFA soup kitchen on Airways Blvd.) Sign up list is on the bulletin board.
-Make or provide cookies or brownies for desserts for the meal. This would save on the cost of the meal. (240 cookies needed each month on 4th Thursday)
-Offer a short devotion before the meal at the soup kitchen on the 4th Thursday evening.
-Above all, pray for those who receive the meals and for our congregation as we serve them.
-NOTE: Jan Matthews, chair of the Missions Team, can answer other questions you have or give you more information.
It’s always amazing to me how God can use us if we only listen for his call. Thanks to the leadership of our Missions Team and their discernment, Aldersgate has an opportunity to serve the hungry in our community. Let us continue to answer that call faithfully.
-Marianne Archer, Lay Leader
On Thursday, May 24th, we need some volunteers to help prepare food and transport it to RIFA by 5:15 p.m. and also some volunteers to help serve and clean up from 5:00 — 7:00 p.m.
If you can help out, please sign up at the bulletin board in the hallway near the pastor’s office.