Gila Valley Ministerial Association feeds local homeless


Seven different churches and wards that make up the Gila Valley Ministerial Association got together for the first time Sunday afternoon, September 24th to feed our local homeless population at Firth Park. It was decided in their meeting in August that they would combine their efforts to bring a hot meal to them on the last Sunday of each month. At least three years ago Ann Johnson from All Saints Episcopal Church and Sherry Brady from First United Methodist Church went down to Sierra Vista to witness how their ministerial association  organizes their monthly meals. It took that information, a visit from the Sierra Vista folks and a new group of members of the Gila Valley Ministerial Association to get the show on the road. Invitations were given personally to individuals, a meal was planned and members signed up to bring a dish. Tables, table clothes, plates, cups and silverware were brought to give it a personal touch and a canopy were brought for our servers. It was wonderful to have young people as well as adults serve our guests and our guests were very thankful. We served about 15 in September, and on October 29th we served about thirty. More invitations were given and word of mouth among the homeless population contributed to our guest increase. In October GVMA decided to rotate the meals among the churches represented to share the load. This time the Safford LDS Ward served and brought to-go boxes. At least ten meals were taken to homeless that were under the bridge at the Gila River. Megan Robbins from our congregation came to witness our meal, and jumped in to help serve. Members from First United Methodist Church are welcome to come and help serve. Since the time has changed, we will be serving at 4:00 p.m. so our guests can be done before it gets dark. We will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 26th. We decided as a group all our members would pitch in to prepare the meal. Rev. Sherry has volunteered First United Methodist Church to help provide this meal. If any FUMC members would like to make a dish or come help please contact Rev. Sherry. IMG_6342

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