Methodist church welcomes all


In response to Debbie Scofield’s letter to the editor of Feb. 22 on “What fellowship means,” let me tell you about the people and members of Sweet Home United Methodist Church.

We are committed to our community, and we would like to invite you and anyone else to come and see for yourselves.

On March 3, Sweet Home United Methodist Church will celebrate one year of “Manna on Fridays.” We serve the homeless and needy who need a free hot meal once a week starting at 5 p.m. These are full meals, not just soup and sandwiches. This past week, we sent 40-some to Crawfordsville and fed more than 50 at our church. The number of people increases each week as the news spreads.

Along with the meals, one of our church members has started a craft class for the children before and after the meal.

Along with “krafts for kids,” another member has started a “John and Jane Doe closet.” We have warm coats, sleeping bags when available, warm blankets and clothes, all free for those who need them. Our church members have been buying razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap and more for these people to have.

We advertise Manna on Friday’s in the Tell & Sell. We also have signs on our front and back doors telling about the free meal along with word of mouth.

The church is open to many groups. Once a month, on the third Monday, there is a cardiac-diabetes group that meets. At 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, one of three Alcoholics Anonymous groups meets. TOPS meets every week at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Twice a month on the first and third Tuesday is a drop-in group for mentally challenged people. Every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. is pinochle and TOPS at 5:15 p.m. Fridays at 5 p.m. is Manna. AA is at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. When needed, the Girl Scout council meets on Wednesday evenings.

We are in the planning stages of growing a garden for fresh veggies for Manna or whoever in our neighborhood needs them.

All of this work is done by volunteers furnished by our church members and many others who come share what we are offering to our community.

Sweet Home United Methodist Church also is embracing, on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., different beliefs; so we can better understand our neighbors. So far we have had the Baha’i, Islam, Hare Krishna and Science of the Mind. We plan to have many more. So get out of your comfort zone and come see what we are about. No matter who or what you are, you are welcome.

This is what “we” of the Sweet Home United Methodist church are all about. We stand for “Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors.” We exclude no one from sharing God’s grace.

Jean Baker

Sweet Home