St. Michael’s offers two community meals each month which are free and open to all. Many folks from the neighborhood come regularly to partake in one or both of the lunches, both of which begin at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. Both lunches rely on and welcome volunteers for any or all parts of the meal process. This is a very necessary and very rewarding ministry!
The Community Meal ministry, which takes place on the last Saturday of each month (happening on December 31, January 28 and February 25 this winter) and which was developed as a way of reaching out to our neighbors on fixed incomes that run out at the end of the month, celebrated its 26th anniversary this year! In 2016, volunteers served spaghetti and meatballs, bread, and salad to 90 to 120 guests each month. Parishioners donate the sauce, and other items such as meat, milk and bread are purchased with cash donations from parishioners and guests alike. Trader Joe’s donates two tables full of food items each month for the guests to take home with them. Please contact the church office if you would like to join the fun!
Since January 2009, our 2nd Saturday Lunch Ministry has used gleanings from the TJ’s food pickup ministry as the basis for a tasty and filling meal each month (happening this spring on March 11, April 8 and May 13). We cook for about 100, and host between 50 and 100 guests. Any leftovers are then available to the Sunday Lunch the following day. We have a very good time working together with our guests to provide a warm, welcoming experience of God’s love.
A dedicated group of volunteers handles the cooking, setup, serving and cleanup. With plenty of volunteers, these tasks are accomplished with ease, even allowing time to sit down and chat with our guests. If you are interested in being part of this volunteer team — on a regular or occasional basis, for whatever time slot works for you — please contact Paul Irvin. Please join us when you are able. You are welcome here.