Experience Community at Supper for the Poor

Paul Keggington

September 28, 2010

On September 26, 2010 five Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and four postulants prepared and served a meal for “Sunday Supper for the Poor”, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month at Wesley Methodist Church in Manitowoc. About 70 people enjoyed a hamburger casserole, coleslaw, spiced apples, homemade buns, and homemade cream puffs. It was a wonderful experience.

People who come to Sunday Supper are hungry for more than food; they have a hunger of the spirit. Many people in this world are lonely and coming together in a community of caring makes a difference in their lives. Many of the people who came to Sunday Supper knew each other.  They have built relationships and made connections. They have made a community and I was happy to be a part of it for the evening. Never underestimate the power of listening to another person. Taking the time to share with people can be just as important as feeding them a meal. It is feeding the soul. Everyone who was present gave to each other in some way.

I met some interesting people. Including a man who was curious about my relationship status, he asked me if I had a boyfriend, I said, “Yes his name is Jesus so you better back off.” I explained that I was a postulant and he turned out to be a fun person to talk to. I listened to people’s stories; a seventh grader who hates school, a former semi-pro football player who just moved to Manitowoc, a grandmother who raises her grandchildren, and people who were generally exploring their faith. Everyone has a story and they need someone who is willing to listen to it. Service is a two way street, often the people who are doing the service are being served.

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