Solomon Community Temple UMC is celebrating the joy of mission and ministry with the community this holiday season. Working with their food pantry, "The Helping Place," the church opened a waiting area for people coming in that will get them out of the cold elements, and provide them with hot coffee, refreshments, and a warm and comfortable place to wait. "We started the first Thursday of November, and have been open every Thursday and Friday ever since. So far we've served over 100 people from the community," says Rev. Afi Dobbins-Mays. Residents have said this outreach "is so nice. It's providing nurturing for us, and we really need that."

Solomon also put their hearts and minds together to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner for those in the community. "There are so many during the holiday season who are alone, hungry, or in need of a warm place to be; and we want to be a part of the solution," says Rev. Dobbins-Mays. There were over 70 who came to enjoy the meal, and 30 volunteers (including some from other local UM churches in the area.) There was enough food left for people to take home meals. Several guests commented that they needed a place to be, and needed help to feed their families, and expressed gratitude for the love and the food.

Submitted by Pastor Afi Dobbins-Mays