For over three years, St. John Lutheran Church was been providing meals on Wednesday nights to first the members of St. John and then to people living in the West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne. Slowly the church has expanded and grown in this mission. From what was a summer time outside grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs has come a real Christlike mission to those in need of a good hot meal once a week.
Today St. John Lutheran Church is serving an average of over 80 meals each week to those in need. There are four teams that each take one night a month to be responsible for preparing, serving and cleaning-up after the Wednesday meal. People who are fed range from families with little children to people late in years. Members of the church take time to sit and talk with those that are being fed. An opportunity to worship after the meal is offered and many to come into the sanctuary to worship. This worship service is about 30 minutes and of a non-traditional style.
Financing for this meal has come from church members and grants from several different foundations. The cost per meal is approximately $1.50. During the months of June, July and August, the meal is moved outside and the church now has a large grill on which are cooked hamburgers and hot dogs. Because of the additional costs for meat during these months, the cost per meal is higher.
Help to set-up and clean-up is often done by those that we are feeding. This is their way of telling St. John Lutheran Church thank you for being there to help, feed, and listen to their needs. God has certainly blessed all who have been involved in this ministry.