Sharing the Ministry of Boxes, Baking and Breakfast
While most folks are sleeping in or teeing off at the nearest golf course on Saturday mornings, the members of Waskom FUMC are often cooking up a hot breakfast for those living in poverty in the Longview area. The popular scents wafting out of the kitchen of Longview’s Newgate Mission bring hundreds of marginalized, hungry locals month after month, which thrills the heart of Mission Committee chair Jimmy Patterson.
“I encourage all of our members to get involved with the breakfast project in some way,” he says. “Some volunteers help purchase food, some prepare in advance, and others go on the day of the event to serve sometimes as many as 150 people. A United Methodist organization, Newgate Mission serves the spiritual, physical, social, emotional and financial needs of the low-income and homeless population in the region – something it could not do without the help of local churches like Waskom FUMC. Donations of time, money, and supplies are always welcome, but the Newgate Mission visitors much appreciate being greeted by friendly faces from their Waskom neighbors.
During December, Waskom members turn their attention to elderly members of their community who may be experiencing holiday-induced depression and loneliness. Members filled 16 “Advent” countdown Christmas boxes with 25 individually wrapped surprises and delivered them to senior citizens living in their region.
Rev. Sherry Crenshaw is proud of her congregation. “Our average attendance is 31 members. This small congregation has a powerfully big heart. Everyone pitches in and helps. For our last visit to Newgate the children made cross and bead necklaces, and three of the children came with the breakfast crew and handed out the necklaces themselves. We scrambled real eggs for breakfast. Friday evening, two of our over 80-year-old ladies helped break open these eggs and whip them together. This awesome community spirit pulls us together in Jesus name so 100% of our members can help contribute to our projects.”