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Feeding the Hungry in JC

GFC is part of a weekday joint ministry that prepares and serves meals for the homeless, the elderly, and/or home-bound persons who have no resources to prepare a meal for themselves. Twenty-five area churches have signed up to serve, and GFC serves on the fourth Monday of every month. My name is Sue Doyle and I am a member of the Shepherd’s Lunch committee that coordinates this effort. For our Mondays, we ask GFC volunteers to prepare a casserole or dessert. The dish can be brought to the church on the Sunday before or dropped off at Munsey Church on Monday. Volunteers then put together and serve the meal. We also provide meals to some of the residents of the John Sevier Center across the street.

Kay Jones served as the leader the Shepherd’s Lunch Ministry until recently. According to Kay, GFC started participating in 1999 with about five to six volunteers. Meals were prepared in a small kitchen with one small stove and a few pots and pans. Initially, they served 60-65 people. The ministry has grown since then. Now we have more volunteers, but we typically serve 180 to 240 meals.

I started volunteering with this ministry by signing up to bring a casserole. This was an easy way to serve that fit into my busy schedule. I doubled the recipe-made one for my family and took one to church. I did this for several years. When my work schedule changed I was able to actually serve at the Melting Pot. I started to get to know Kay and the Melting Pot crew. I felt truly blessed to spend time with them. Serving came so naturally for them. I had never been around people with such open, caring and loving hearts.

When Kay decided to retire as leader after ten years, we were at a loss. What we didn’t realize was that she had been training all of us to step up. That was when the committee was formed. I am not a real “joiner’ but I had been praying for God to find a way to use me so I joined the committee.

 
 

Being at the Melting Pot you can see how the ministry impacts people. You can see it in faces when the devotion is read. You can hear when people stop by the kitchen to thank the team for the hot meal. It impacts me in a way I never expected. This is the easiest way to describe it. When you are trying to pull together the Shepherd’s Lunch meal we are never quite sure if the oven will heat, if the burners will work, how many people will show up to eat that day or how much food will arrive. Kay would always say “don’t worry, God will provide.” And He always did and continues to do so. There has not been one time when there was not enough for everyone to have a meal. Once you can see this in action, it gets easier to give over control of your life. Now I can see God working in my life. I am more willing to take on those things that stretch me, because as Vanessa at the Melting Pot once asked me, if God is asking you to do something, are you really going to say no?

We would love for you to join us for an opportunity to serve and enjoy Christian fellowship.

Sue Doyle

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