West Allis First United Methodist Church:
God's Parking Lot Hot Dog Mission
West Allis: First United Methodist Church launched a new mission initiative called “God’s Parking Lot Hot Dog Mission” in the summer of 2020 during the Coronavirus crisis. The mission is about serving the community, the church neighbors, and others passing by each Saturday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm with a free bagged lunch containing a hot dog, chips, bottled water, a cookie, and a church promotional flier. The mission continued in the summer of 2021 and again continues this summer because of the fruitful outcome for three years in a row. Generous members of the local church continue to support this mission generously with their time, talent, and treasure to make this mission not only possible but also successful. Volunteers sign up to be part of this mission Saturday after Saturday.
This summer, 250 individuals have been served since the beginning of June. It will continue through the end of August. This is the need of the hour to bless people in need for the sake of the gospel of love, sharing our resources with people of all ages, nations, and races. People who walk their dogs, people who take a walk, people who drive by, young people who ride their bicycles, kids who play on the sidewalks - they all stop by to have a free bagged hot dog lunch. Many will respond: “Thank you; God bless you.” Others will respond: “Can I have one more hot dog lunch for my mother or my grandmother or my daughter or someone at home?” God’s mission is expressed by God’s churches both contextually and passionately.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35