Mission Moments & Milestones - April 2014

The Mission Partner/Hunger Partner for April is Table Grace Café.  Isn’t that a wonderful name for a restaurant?  And grace is only one of the gifts that can be found Monday through Saturday from 11am until 2pm at 1611½ Farnam Street. In addition to grace, you can also find gourmet pizza, salads and soups. On Saturday, brunch is served instead of lunch.  

Unlike most restaurants, TGC is not for profit. Matt Weber, the chef and co-owner, says that the goal of the restaurant is to feed everyone who walks through the door, regardless of their ability to pay. He and wife, Simone, who works with him, believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to eat wonderful food and to be treated with dignity and respect.  (Told you there was grace at work there…)

As a result of that belief, you’ll find no cash register and you’ll receive no bill. Instead, diners who can afford to pay, do. Many pay a bit more than might be expected for their meal. That enables others who either cannot pay, or cannot pay much to also be served. Folks who cannot pay, might be asked to donate an hour of service in return for their meal.

Many of you enjoyed a meal prepared by Matt on New Year’s Eve. Discussions are currently underway about organizing another event.  In the interim, you can support Table Grace through your hunger ministry donation, or by stopping by for lunch or brunch.

Have you been feeding your fish?  Those banks will be collected on Easter Sunday to support One Great Hour of Sharing.  The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.  Donations support three ministries:  Self-Development of People which works to eliminate poverty and oppression; the Presbyterian Hunger Program which strives to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance whose mission is caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events.  So, we hope you will feed those fish so that we can continue to support One Great Hour of Sharing and its ministries.

The Holy Cross Lutheran Blood Drive had 28 scheduled to donate.  Of those 27 arrived ready to donate; three were deferred and one person donated double red cells. That means that potentially 75 lives were saved. Kudos to those who were able to donate.  The next blood drive is scheduled at Maplewood United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 8th from 9:00am-2:30pm.

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