Pulpit Stories: Soul Food
Pulpit Stories: It Started With A Meal
On July 18, Mama Dean and other people from Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Ark., prepared a meal for those in the neighborhood and the hungry.
This was the start of a new ministry for the surrounding community. Members of the congregation plan to feed people on the third Sunday of each month.
During the first meal, when a church member went to get something from her car, she saw one of our next door neighbors outside the church.
She invited the neighbor, Jenny Edmondson, to come inside to eat. Inside, Edmondson found nourishment not only for her body, but also for her soul.
Edmondson was so moved by the experience, that she told people that she would like to be baptized. This simple statement lead to a conversation with the Rev. Terry Gosnell, pastor of Trinity UMC.
During the discussion, Edmondson said an atheist had reared her. Now in her 80s, she desired to profess her faith in Christ and receive the holy sacrament of baptism.
On Monday, July 19, Edmondson was baptized. She now attends Trinity and is excited about her faith.
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