As you may know there are many homeless men, women and children in Columbia. According to a 2011 study by the Midlands Area Consortium for the homeless (MACH) there were 1,621 homeless individuals in Columbia at that time and the population has grown. We are partnering with Friends of the Homeless to feed the homeless on Tuesdays. Prior to this month we were feeding about 200 people at Hope Plaza every Tuesday. The Outreach Team fed 100 homeless people every week in the month of July. The location has changed; however, the need remains the same. If there is ever a need in our congregation, we are available to assist those who may be in need of a meal. We are always in need of members to assist in the preparation and distribution of the meals served. We meet at the church every Tuesday afternoon. Please see Sister Cynthia Betts if you can help in the preparation of the meals or in distribution of the meals. We hope to return to Hope Plaza soon. As some of you may know the area is undergoing reconstruction.

Community Outreach

We bring forth a message of hope from the Lord through word, song and praise with the participants at the Family Shelter, Magnolia Manor and the Alston-Wilkes Home for Boys. In July, Brother Stan Kennedy brought the message to the residents of Magnolia Manor. The residents in attendance enjoyed the program with enthusiasm. The males at the Alston-Wilkes Home for Boys were very interested in our continuing the study on the Ten Commandments taught by Brother Melvin Carter. They also expressed an interest in attending a worship service at FNEBC. The residents at the Family Shelter, especially the children, enjoyed Sister Betts’ presentation of David and the Saturday meals provided. They asked if the Outreach Team can come more often. Habla Español? The Outreach Team is learning to say John 3:16 in Spanish to assist the Hispanic Church to reach the Hispanic Community in the Northeast area. 

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