Last Tuesday the staff at the church where I work closed the office at noon, went into the kitchen and cooked. We then brought it down to All Saints Soup Kitchen in Ft. Lauderdale. We had planned to make meatloaf, but the local Starbucks had over ordered and dropped off over 100 breakfast sandwiches, some lunch sandwiches, and a bunch of desserts. FYI-At least once a week, we get about a bushel basket of food from Sbux that then goes out to various homeless shelters.
So, since the main course was taken care of, that left us with salad, pasta salad and dessert. Yes, dessert. We made a bunch of pudding and put it over vanilla wafers and added whip cream. Yum.
What the All Saints Food Kitchen really is, is a house in Ft. Lauderdale that was bought by the local Catholic church and gutted. They open the doors every day at 4:00 and serve food to whomever will come until 5:00. Different volunteer groups come and serve on different days.
That black rectangle is a hole they cut in the wall with a tv on the other side. When service is crowded, people can watch it from the sidewalk!
Closing the office for an afternoon in the middle of the week may have been a little risky. Especially with all that is going on getting ready for season and schools opening. However, it was the right thing to do. As a staff, we hope to do this the first Tuesday of every month and if anyone wants to join us they may. We may or may not specifically go to All Saints, there are plenty of ministries we can help for an afternoon. But what is important for us is that it gets us beyond our walls, beyond our desks, email and task lists and reminds us “Oh, right. THAT is why we do this.”
Sometimes I can’t see the forest for the trees, and some of us, due to our jobs, spend so much time equipping others, that we miss out on why we are doing it. The big picture. An IT person may think “I am just massaging a server, what good does that do?” Or a finance person may say “All I do is run checks in and out. What real difference does it make?” A lot. The only time this Soup Kitchen was closed was for one day when they ran out of food. They sent an email, the next day they were back up. That is how important the “trees” are to the whole forest.