Meals for Mercer
By Kate Johnson
Constant clinking of forks hitting empty plates, chatter humming around the room as children scurry around, and grandparents enjoy the food on their plates.
“Gee, that’s a good baked potato,” says one of the patrons.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has been serving free meals to the community for the past year. Immanuel Baptist joined in to help support the cause through their church providing another day out of the month with a free meal. The meal being served is absolutely free to anyone in the community.
Two Saturdays out of the month a free hot meal is served by one of these two churches. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church serves their meal on the second Saturday of the month,
Two Saturdays out of the month a free hot meal is served by one of these two churches. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church serves their meal on the second Saturday of the month, while Immanuel Baptist serves their meal on the fourth Saturday of the month. The meal is ready to be served at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
Jordan Langness, Prince of Peace youth pastor, lead hand for Saturday’s meal, said it all began from their ministry. Two members on their ministerial board are involved with the Health Task Force. This pair Langess referred to as “the heart behind [the project].”
After listening to Women’s Action Resource Center (WARC) reports on just how many families they were feeding, the board members realized there was a great need for people and families who need hot meals and a place to go. The realizations of this need kept rolling with the number of workers in campers or in the community who just need a place to go. Allowing people a meal, a warm place, more room, a chance to meet people and maybe play ping pong and so on, Langness highlighting all the possibilities.