Saturday, February 02, 2008

Just got done feeding the homeless.

We sent a team of about 30 folks to downtown Sacramento today to feed the homeless and the needy. This is a twice-monthly outreach that targets a specific area where homeless individuals tend to congregate. It was much colder outside today than I had first expected, and it's been raining periodically this morning. So, our crowd wasn't as large as it sometimes is, but we still had several dozen folks who got a hot breakfast, coffee and juice, and could then receive other items to help them... beanies, jackets, clothes, eyeglasses.

This is a healthy ministry at our church for a number of reasons.
1. We have many newer folks who are involved.
2. It gets us outside the walls of our church and into a hands-on ministry.
3. It meets a legitimate need in our community; certainly it doesn't solve the problem of homelessness but it does play a part in keeping people warm and fed.
4. Several of our ministries team up to help; our children's ministry and men's ministry have been particularly active, and our teen ministry leaders are interested in participating, too.

So all around, a good way to start off the weekend!