There is an initiative by our outreach partner, Dodd-Sterling United Methodist Church, that has blossomed into an amazing ministry! Dodd-Sterling is providing food to people who are struggling in its south Atlanta neighborhood. Saint Luke’s has been playing a supporting role ever since David Lower and Rev. Eric Powell set up a virtual gathering between the two churches on April 25 – a time of staying connected through a coffee/breakfast hour from our own homes.
The rhythm that has evolved has volunteers from Dodd-Sterling and Saint Luke’s picking up boxes of food from Urban Recipe (currently at the Woodward Academy campus) and delivering it to Dodd-Sterling. Actual distribution of food occurs every other Tuesday. From around 25 families back in April to 150 families last Tuesday, Dodd-Sterling has become a life line for families in need of food assistance. For each family – a box of perishable food; a box of non-perishable food; other food items such as fresh produce, eggs, orange juice and milk as they are available. That is close to 70 or so pounds of food per family.
This miraculous ministry Dodd-Sterling embraced and invited us to be part of truly deepens the decades-long relationship between our two churches. We are privileged to be able to play a supporting role under Dodd-Sterling’s leadership during this incredibly challenging time in the lives of so many people.
A number of people at Saint Luke’s have been doing the heavy lifting necessary as volunteers and we welcome new volunteers. If you want to know more about Dodd-Sterling’s food ministry, feel free to talk to any one of them. They are Dan Joyce, Sally Joyce, David Lower, Florence Luranc, Mark Ryan, Bill Womack and Les Woodsides. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daryl Moore ([email protected]). Also, we say a prayer of thanks to a number of Saint Luke’s members who have made generous financial contributions to support the ministry. It is all good and it keeps on being that way!