Luthersville Methodist food ministry growing
by W. Winston Skinner
The food ministry at Luthersville United Methodist Church is growing.
The church is serving more people than in the past and offering more food. The church has taken applications from area residents and is providing food on a regular basis. At the next food distribution on Aug. 9, there will be prayer meetings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“We’re going to start at little something new,” said Wayne Sutton, pastor of the church.
Sutton said program participants were asked about a prayer meeting option and expressed support for the idea. The church will be providing “a spiritual blessing as well as a physical blessing.”
The food ministry began in October. The goal initially was to serve 30 families with about 17 pounds of food – enough to feed a family of four for about four days.
At the July distribution, “we served 75 families,” Sutton said. Each family now gets 40 pounds of food, enough to feed a family of four for seven or eight days.
There is now a waiting list for new families to participate in the program. The idea of “feeding them a little spiritually” is a natural growth of the project, Sutton said.
Initially, the church was strictly serving Luthersville families. The geographic area has now expanded to include families in Alvaton, Gay, Grantville, Greenville and Woodbury.
The church also is going to undertake a new project this school year. Church members will fill 20 backpacks with food, and those backpacks will go to Unity Elementary School in Luthersville where they will be distributed to children whose families need the food.
The children will bring the backpacks back to school and they will be filled again.
“We are trying to reach out to our community and get our community to come in and visit with us,” Sutton said.