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home : religion : religion August 15, 2020

6/6/2020 3:46:00 PM
Christian Ministry Makes Changes To How It Serves
Plus: make your stimulus $ count with Christian Ministry Challenge

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON––Christian Ministry of Lincoln County has made some changes this week.

That’s the word from executive director Mitzi Williams. On Friday, Williams explained more about what this means in the light of Roy Cooper’s new and ongoing regulations affecting most facets of life statewide.

“The soup kitchen dining room has opened up with seating ‘socially distanced,’” she informed. “The soup kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to give everyone time to eat. Weekend and holiday groups will still have the option to keep the dining room closed and use to-go boxes.

“The clothing room is open to giving out clothes, one client at a time to practice ‘social distancing,’” she continued. “But before the ministry can take in clothes, one to two volunteers are needed daily for the clothing room. These volunteers would sort incoming clothes.”

In other news, Williams released the ministry’s statistics for the month of May. Last month, 33,855 meals were given out through the LINC Meals home-delivery program, emergency-service boxes, the soup kitchen and mass distributions. Thirteen people were helped with medication; 25 with utilities; and four with rent.

And the ministry is planning now for its annual “Amazing Race Against Hunger,” which will be held sooner this year: Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. in downtown Lincolnton.

“This fundraiser supports LINC Home Meals,” said Williams. “Currently, we have 90 people receiving meals Monday through Friday, with over half of them not being able to pay for the meals. Every dollar will be worth a point! So the takeaway here is to start raising funds now! Let’s see who gets the trophy this year!”

And the ministry is holding a food distribution, June 25 at 5 p.m. at Cedar Grove Lutheran Church at 261 Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale in the 28168 ZIP code area.

“Spread the word!” said Williams.

Plus, the ministry currently needs Chef Boyardee foods, spaghetti noodles, crackers and bar soap. As well, men’s jeans in sizes 29-by-32 and 30-by-32 are needed, as Williams revealed.

“Thank you,” she added, “to everyone that supports the ministry with your time, donations and prayers.” 

Christian Ministry Challenge

Also, retired Lincoln County Schools principal and former county commissioner Jerry Payseur talked about a unique opportunity by which you can support Christian Ministry.

It’s the Christian Ministry Challenge, as Payseur told The Herald on Friday. Got your stimulus check from the government? Well, as Payseur asked rhetorically, why not give it to Christian Ministry?

“A lot of people really don’t need these checks,” he said, citing his fellow public education retirees as just one example and especially challenging them to donate their stimulus checks, adding that inspiration struck him “to donate to someone and something that really needs it more than we do. I’d really like us to help out our fellow citizens here in Lincoln County. We could do so much!”

Of course, if you need your stimulus during the current economic crisis, that’s different. By all means, keep it and use it.

But if you don’t need it, Payseur encourages you to help those in need and come by Christian Ministry at 230 E. Water St. in Lincolnton. Or give Williams a call at (704) 732-2691 or (704) 732-0383 to donate your check or find out what else you can do to help the ministry and its various worthy causes.

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