Friday, January 14, 2011

Spirit of St. Stevens Loaves and Fish



I flew in late Thursday after some meetings in Tampa. I spent the night at Mom and Dad’s house. I woke up to a busy Friday morning. My Mom was getting ready to go to the Loaves and Fishes headquarters. She was preparing the ingredients for the meatloaf which was the planned dinner for the homeless. Dad I left before Mom did and we went to Cosco to shop for the food for that night. We met Ed Flahavan (Flav) there. Flav is a retired priest who left his ordination. Long story better left for a future blog maybe. It was fun spending time with Flav and Dad. I found it amusing to watch them get their lunch from the sample carts set out by Cosco. My Dad would even return if there was a new person manning a station we had already visited. I may have embarrassed them by my outgoing nature, but Dad is used to that from me.
Dad and I went dropped off the groceries at the church, and then took off to get my sister’s daughter Kelly. Kelly wanted to come to put in some community service hours needed for the National Honors Society. We got half way to Kelly’s house and decided the traffic was too bad because of the snow and saw it best to head back to the church. We were glad we did, traffic was slower than the traffic on the most crooked road in San Francisco at the peak of the tourist season. Once at the church, we saw the homeless already lined up waiting for the free meal inside. Meatloaf was on the menu and this was much better than some nights, when there were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I had fun mingling with the homeless and always enjoy hearing their stories. We were done after about 3 hours. My Dad left in one car and took a former homeless friend home to his house 20 or so miles south while Mom and I headed north to the house. The plan was to go to the lake that evening, but with all the snow and traffic we decided to wait. It was a fulfilling evening. 

Isaiah 58:7
Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
The Spirit of St. Stevens social justice outreach accomplished that on this snowy night. Their loaves and fishes ministry fed about 150 hungry people and kept them warm during a snowy evening in January, downtown Minneapolis. 

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