On the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm (unless otherwise noted on our calendar)
Soul Food was launched in November of 1998 by the Mission’s Committee to institute an outreach among the homeless and poor in our community.
From the beginning, Soul Food has been a monthly event, always on the last Wednesday, to extend God’s love and care by offering a free dinner to the community at large at the time in the month when funds for many folks have been depleted. For a number of years we offered showers that same afternoon, as well as clothes and toiletries. This part of the ministry has evolved into the Tuesday Deacon’s Outreach. Soul Food now focuses on the monthly dinner.
The dinner is planned and foods procured by Joanne Parrish-O’Connor, and the preparation is a wonderful time of big-hearted folks in our congregation coming together to enjoy the fellowship of working together to bless those who come for a full-course nutritious dinner served at 5:30 pm in Preston Hall. (The best ocean view “restaurant” in town.)
A short thought from God’s word along with thanks for the food is offered in Jesus’ name, and then our guests line up to be served by the same loving hands that prepared the food. The tables are set and decorated with flowers and candlelight, and on occasion, we are blessed by musical accompaniment.
At Christmas time the MPC Deacon’s add another loving touch by filling white socks with fruit, tooth care products and sweets and tying them with red ribbons, inserting a note of God’s love for those who come to dine.
Loving thanks to all who have participated and contributed in many ways through the years, and special thanks to Flora Gordon for her faithful angelic-like ministry of washing dishes, and to Joseph Resendez, chef par excellance, for occasionally offering his excellent gift of service to the needy. Most of all, thanks to our Loving Heavenly Father who provides for our needs. Amen!