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Thursday, April 26, 2007

My Simple Ministry

It has been awhile since I updated you on our CUFF dinners each Thursday night, so I thought this would be a good time to do so.

Our 'free supper' for the entire community each Thursday night (well, most Thursday nights, 49 weeks this year) is called CUFF _C_hristians _U_nited in _F_eeding _F_riends is a way we at Epiphany Church serve our community. Every Thursday night between 5:30 and 7:00 PM anyone in town is invited to come by our fellowship hall for a free supper. Tonight we had chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and salad. Just walk in, get a plate of food and sit down to visit with neighbors. Normally we have been 80-100 visitors; tonight we had 103 'through the front door', not including the kitchen help preparing the dinner, etc. There are a lot of older people come to the free dinner, and quite a few younger people as well; mothers with their kids, teenagers and street people.

The menus vary from one week to the next. Sometimes we have spaghetti, other times meatloaf or similar. My part in this ministry is to act as greeter at the front door, keeping track of the number of visitors and telling them 'welcome to Epiphany!'
Also, I unlock the door when it is time to let them in to eat, and see to it the building is locked up and secure when everyone is leaving. Based on what I see from week to week, I am certain the Thursday night suppers are the one and _only_ decent meal many of our visitors receive in a week. I say this since our community is sort of financially depressed anyway, as is much of rural southeast Kansas. We do these CUFF dinners each week in cooperation with other churches in Independence, including Saint Andrews Catholic Church, the First United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Zion Lutheran Church, the First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church, and the Southern Baptist Church.

Whenever you are in our town, Independence, Kansas on Thursday evening, do stop in to say hello, please.

Patrick Townson


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