First Saturday Supper Ministry

First Saturday Supper @ FBC

A Message given on July 31, 2015 from a Saint we’ll just call KC.  We’re sure anyone that has been to an FBC First Saturday Supper will know exactly who she is …

Every month we invite the community to our church to receive a free home cooked meal.  Last month we had BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, watermelon and baked beans; this month we’re having chicken stuffed crescents- I’m not bragging or anything but I’ve been nicknamed by some of the women that attend the dinners the Paula Deen of Walkersville; and just to clarify that was before she got herself into trouble!

In addition to having the honor of cooking for about 70 people the first Saturday of each month we also have partnered with the MD food bank and they drop of a couple thousand pounds of produce that we are able to give away to our guests to tide them over until we meet again.

And unfortunately, at times, those drops have to be cancelled for various reasons.  Sometimes these cancellations happen last minute because of weather conditions, product is low and there is nothing to ship or many other various reasons.

When that happens we still have 70-100 guests coming to our dinners that we want to provide for and we are left trying to rummage up groceries.  And let me just say it can be challenging to try and come up with a couple thousand pounds of groceries at a moments  notice.  Now notice boys and girls I said challenging, not impossible- because God can do anything if it is will and he has always provided.

We wanted to be a little more proactive though to be able to stock a pantry to have groceries on hand for when these last minute cancellations happen so we aren’t running around scrambling.  And that is where you guys came in- you collected food all week that is going to be that pantry we wanted to stock.  And by the looks of it we have a mighty fine pantry!

So I answered the what, you may be wondering why- why are we committed to holding Saturday Suppers the first Saturday of each and every month.

I had the privilege of working in a school in Walkersville for over a decade.  One of my responsibilities was to support families that qualified for free and reduced meals, when you qualify for these meals that means that your family is living in poverty.  Over the course of a decade the percent of students qualifying for free and reduced meals skyrocketed.

Did you know that a little more than 1 out of every four families living here, right here in Walkersville, is living in poverty?  So boys and girls that means that if you are at the playground and there are 4 kids there, at least one of them may not know if there will be food on the table that night for dinner.

After awhile I was transferred to a Title I school where most of the families lived in downtown Frederick.  Title I means that at least one out of every two students is living in poverty.  One thing that was clear is that if you are struggling to put food on the table there are many more resources readily available within walking distance to support you if you live in the city.  There are many churches and organizations that provide meals each and every day.

And it just weighed heavily on my heart that the families back in Walkersville where I previously worked and where I live that they didn’t have these same resources readily available.  Because many of them didn’t have a car to drive to Frederick, or there was one shared by the family, or the car wasn’t reliable to make it to Frederick or they simply didn’t have many to put gas in the car to drive far.  There were a number of reasons that wouldn’t make heading into Frederick City a feasible alternative.

As I read the Bible it became clear to me that as a church here in Walkersville we needed to do something about it.  That we needed to be a church that put faith into action, not to just talk about the love of Christ, but to show the love of Christ with the families in our community in a real meaningful and tangible way.

Here are some of the versus that spurred Saturday Suppers into existence.

Matthew 19:21 – Jesus answered,  “if you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”

Mark 9:41 – I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

John 3:11 – John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”

Luke 14:13 – But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.  Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

Acts 4:32 – All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

Galatians 2:10 – All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Hebrews 13:16 – And do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

1 John 3:17-18 – If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Matthew 25:45 – “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

In closing I invited a good friend, Carol, who has been coming to the dinners since the very first night we were open for business so to speak.  She wasn’t able to be here tonight in person but she sent an email for us to share with you, in fact it is the first email she has ever sent in her entire life.   She was quite proud of herself as she should be.

I hope that her message to you boys and girls will help you know how much the food you collected means to the people that will receive it.  But I want to let you in on a little secret.  In all honesty, it really isn’t even about the food.  Our ultimate mission is to win souls for eternity and I hope when you read Carol’s message you can hear what Saturday Suppers really is all about.  Could we just leave the next slide up for a moment as the children get organized for their performance so everyone can read Carol’s first email ever?

Carol’s Testimony:

My name is carol an I come to the Saturday suppers each month with a few lady’s from bell court in Woodsboro  We all enjoy it very much we are always greeted with open arms  an feel very welcomed The food is the best I call Kim  The Paula Dean of Walkersville  There’s always someone to talk to an if your having a really hard time with things someone is there to listen an offer extra prayers  I love the time we spend there an we also love charlie. Lol  An the groceries we get really helps a lot  things are tough for everyone an I’m very grateful for what I get  its a special time so please keep it going as long as u can its like a second home for me  THANK U TO ALL THAT IS THERE GOD BLESS U