With simple tools that included two bags of clothes and a pair of shoes, a ministry was born. Organizers of the Brooksville Pumpkin Patch and “HomeTown Market of Brooksville” regularly offer a rich variety of arts, crafts, and gifts at family-friendly community markets. And now at their headquarters at Christ Lutheran Church at 475 North Ave West, Brooksville, the Market Team offers so much more; The basics that people need to survive.
Indeed, through some major and ongoing events open to the entire community, the market staff provides food and clothing to those most in need. We have a free BBQ-style community dinner on the dates listed below. “We make 300 meals,” said Jessica Longoria, chair of the mission board. “We provide a quick box with dinner, dessert, drinks and utensils. God’s wardrobe is also open, infant clothing is free for plus sizes. Completely free for anyone in the community. Always on the third Wednesday of every month.
The following free BBQ-style community dinners will be served on January 19 (4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.), February 16 (4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.), and March 16 (4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.).
morning meal? Well, the team covered that too. “We have a free community sit-down breakfast on the dates listed below. We prepare for fifty years, and we will adapt if more are needed. We serve a hot meal (usually eggs, bacon, biscuits and coffee). It’s free for anyone in the community. “On the second and fourth Wednesday of every month,” Longoria always said.
The following breakfasts will be served on January 12 and 26 from 9 AM to 10 AM, February 9 and 23 from 9 AM to 10 AM, and March 9 and 23 from 9 AM to 10 AM.
Opening during the events of this meal is God’s Clothes Closet, the ministry of clothing that caters to the basic needs of patrons. Longoria stated: “We have free clothes, clothes and shoes for babies to plus sizes (1,000 pieces of clothing, lots of variety). There is also a miscellaneous room with basic hygiene needs and blankets. This is every Wednesday from 9:30 am to noon.
Longoria further described the communal breakfast. “Community breakfast on Wednesdays has been going on for about 18 months. Usually a hot breakfast is bacon or sausage, pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, pastries or biscuits, and coffee or cold drinks. There are tables set up in the fellowship room to sit and eat Food.It’s a nice relaxed atmosphere.We like to foster a welcoming and safe environment for all of our neighbors to come and enjoy a warm meal.(Neighbors mean everyone is invited!)All walks of Brooksville.It’s always great because you might make a friend you didn’t expect.We are all in this life together so why We don’t raise our neighbors and help them start their day with a smile and a full belly We have electronic charging stations available for those who may be between stays or traveling God’s Wardrobe is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Visitors to our breakfast are encouraged to take a walk if they wish “.
Terry Halladay, a volunteer coordinator with God’s Clothes Closet, sees all of these programs as a coherent mission of serving both God and people. “The Clothes Closet started four years ago. At the time, I was just a volunteer folding clothes. A woman brought two bags of clothes and a pair of shoes and a ministry was born.” Shirts, dresses, shorts, sweaters, and shoes are among the garments on display in the closet, which also serves as a mobile unit serving Title I students at Hernando Schools and stopping at churches and other sites in the community. “We distribute sausages and bottled water to children in schools, along with clothes,” Halladay explained.
Terry and her husband, Alan Halladay, play an integral role in coordinating the mission’s food-focused ministries, which feature food donated by church members. Both programs are run entirely by volunteers. “I could be up front to make eggs, then go back to the wardrobe to fold clothes. We see whole families who might not have easy access to nutritious foods. We give them something good to eat,” Terry said.
And since they enjoy hot meals of grits, pancakes, and other snacks for breakfast, or ready-to-grills for dinner, diners can also order another precious commodity: prayer. “If someone needs prayer, we’ll say it to them. We hope they’ll want to come to church, but they don’t have to—hope they have a good time, and get help,” Halladay said. To find out more about or to arrange to donate to these programs, call on 9054-215 (352).
“Whenever we see a need, with God’s help we fill a need. Whenever God has a hand in helping, the win is always,” she said.
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