The first part of this quote is from the Book of Matthew and says “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger…”
A welcoming spirit is felt by all who spend time at TaborSpace. As a non-religious community-building project of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, you don’t have to believe or look a certain way to be welcomed. And most people don’t stay strangers for very long!
I can say that from personal experience. I found out about TaborSpace when returning an airpot to the Coffeehouse after a twelve step meeting. I’d never been on that side of the building before, and I was in awe of its beauty. The barista was friendly and had a cup of tea with me. I quickly began volunteering as a barista myself. That was almost two years ago, and I’ve now been a staff member for a little over a year.
As a staff member, I see a lot of people come and go. Some are here for yoga classes, others for coffee, and still others for birthday parties. And some come for much a much more mundane reason.
They come because they are hungry. They come straight to one of our offices and ask for one of the food boxes they know churches usually have on hand. And we believe that we must feed new friends as well as welcome them. So we are happy to give what we have on hand…
but what we have is getting pretty scarce.
Can you help? Can you bring a box of pasta next time you come for tea? Can your group that meets at TaborSpace donate the non-perishable fixings for a holiday meal?
There is plenty of hidden poverty right here in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, and we especially want to make sure our hungry neighbors won’t go without nourishment during the upcoming holiday season.
The bin pictured above is located outside the Church Office, but you can also drop of donations at the TaborSpace Front Office or in the Coffeehouse. If you have any questions or are interested in helping with our holiday food drive, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.