“Church of the Week” is a wonderful ecumenical effort and social ministry whereby the various Christian denomination within our St. Cloud area take turns hosting the homeless. We do this by offering them a warm meal and a place to sleep within our building structure itself. These homeless, our ‘guests’, come in the late evening (approximately 7:00 pm.) are fed a simple meal and then are offered a floor mat upon which they can sleep overnight. By early the next morning, (usually around 7:00 am.) they are offered a simple breakfast, leave the building by day only to return again the following night. Without exception, these homeless (our guests) are very appreciative and thankful for our generosity and help. And, as the Fall Season comes upon us and colder weather sets in, this act of charity or ministry becomes even more urgent and important in their lives.
This said, October has become the month we here at the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul have volunteered to do our part. Beginning then on October 1st thru October 14th we will be hosting “Church of the Week” and we will be doing this in the building of St. Peter’s itself. We do this at the building of St. Peter’s on behalf of both our parishes primarily because of many activities and many goings-on at St. Paul’s with All Saints Academy School. We have found it best and less intrusive than trying to do this ministry at the St. Paul building. For this reason, I would like to encourage anyone and everyone from both our parishes to please consider volunteering to help out. For parents of teenage children, this might a be an excellent way to mentor your child in what it means to give back. Volunteering is easy and there are many ways for each of us can reach out.
Over the next couple weeks, someone will be in the back of church either to answer questions you might have or to simply sign you up. You might think about providing a small evening snack, help prepare or serve part of a supper or breakfast, set up or take down sleeping mats, help monitor halls for all or part of a night and the list goes on. There are many job opportunities both large and small, all of which are a tremendous help!
Jesus once said, “When I was hungry you gave me food. When I was thirsty, you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill or in prison and you visited me…for whatever you do to the least of your brothers or sisters you do for me!” (Matthew 25:31f) As someone once said, “Although it’s true that not every problem in our society that is faced can be changed, nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Let’s be the ones willing to put our faith into action and do our part!