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Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship

Service clubs support Solomon’s Porch ‘Sunday Feast,’ feeding the needy with community

ST. GEORGE – Every Sunday at Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship, a nondenominational Christian ministry in St. George, Rev. Jimi Kestin gives a sermon in the church’s sanctuary while volunteers in the basement prepare the free “Sunday Feast” for community members who are down on their luck and needing a boost through the weekend. The feast begins when the doors open at noon.

L-R: Pastor Jimi Keston, a Sunday Feast volunteer, Rickine Kesin, Exchange Club President Brent Labrom, Luthern Thrivent representative Neal Smith, St. George, Utah, Aug. 25, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

L-R: Pastor Jimi Keston, a Sunday Feast volunteer, Rickine Kesin, Exchange Club President Brent Labrom, Luthern Thrivent representative Neal Smith, St. George, Utah, Aug. 25, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

We take great joy in meeting an important need in the community with this Sunday Feast,” Kestin previously stated concerning the feast. 

The Sunday Feast feeds anywhere between 50 and 70 people each week, though it tends to average as many as 100 meals per week as well. Volunteers serve food donated by local businesses or purchased by Solomon’s Porch with donated funds. It is thanks to these generous donations, Kestin said, that the church is able to keep the Sunday Feast going.

This past Sunday, the St. George Exchange Club and the Canyonlands Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans presented a combined $1,500 donation to the Sunday Feast.

 

Food supplies organized for the Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship Sunday Feast, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Sandie Divan

Food supplies organized for the Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship Sunday Feast, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Sandie Divan

During the week, individuals in need are able to get meals at the Dixie Care and Share community soup kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church. However, Bobbi Butka of Thrivent said no other charity in the area aside from Solomon’s Porch offers food for free on the weekend. 

The local chapter of Thrivent became involved with the feast through The Exchange Club, said Neal Smith, a member of Thrivent and club board member. Kestin, who is also a board member, recently gave a presentation on the Sunday Feast to the club. After seeing it, Smith said he felt it was a worthwhile charity for the two organizations to support.

We thought this would be a neat thing to donate to,” Smith said.

On Aug. 3, the club held a yard sale in the Hurst Ace Hardware parking lot and raised $1,050 for the Sunday Feast.

We decided we would have a fundraiser for Solomon’s Porch,” St. George Exchange Club President Brent Labrum said. “It was more successful than I thought it would be.”

Thrivent added $450 to the cause, raising $1,500 in all.

Donations from the Utah Food Bank for the Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship Sunday Feast, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Sandie Divan

Donations from the Utah Food Bank for the Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship Sunday Feast, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Sandie Divan

There are a lot of people in this community who want to see programs like this continue,” Kestin said, and added the church was grateful for the donations. He also said he wanted to take the opportunity to publicly thank the St. George Exchange Club and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, as their work often goes unnoticed.

There are groups with diverse callings and mission statements in this community that come together and support something like this,” he said, calling it an example of a “community of unity” at work to help the less fortunate among them.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Sunday Feast is encouraged to arrive at Solomon’s Porch, located at 410 East Tabernacle in St. George, at 11:30 a.m. Staff on hand will assign the volunteers accordingly. More information on the church, including how to donate to the Sunday Feast, can be found by calling 435-669-8153 or visiting their website.

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Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship

Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship

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  3 Comments
  1. San August 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm · Reply

    There’s also the Wednesday community day at Island Grinds Restaurant, down by the old DMV on River Road. In a strip-mall a block away They have a weekly ‘pay whatever you can’ event. Those who can do pay for their food, those who can’t are welcome to enjoy an amazing Hawaiian meal for whatever they can offer. The restaurant operates as a non-profit and trains young employees for a career in food service, so it’s win-win. I wish more businesses in the community would support it’s residents in such a way. Sorry I don’t know the details but they’re on facebook.

  2. hand to mouth August 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm · Reply

    I believe in the gods of America… I believe in the land of the free… But no one told me… That the gods believe in nothing… … So with empty hands I pray… And from day to hopeless day… They still don’t see me… So with empty hands I pray… And I tell myself one day… They just might see me… They just might see me —— George Michael

  3. Ron Truman August 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm · Reply

    Thank you for your Christlike service to those in need.

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