Coles Boulevard First Church of God (CBFCOG) located at 1300 Coles Blvd. in Portsmouth launched a new ministry called Our Father’s Table Ministry on Thursday (Dec. 8) . Tim Logan, Director of the OFTM, said they desire to go above and beyond being a mere food pantry.
“It is really not just a food pantry. It is really kind of unique, because there are so many food pantries in this area. We want to be something much more than a food pantry,” Logan said. Here at the Father’s Table we want to provide food for the body, but we want to provide food for the soul, but first we have to meet the physical need, and then the spiritual need. We fill out their intake information, which is just basic information, it’s not a financial based system. This a ministry that is based upon needs.”
In addition to food items, OFTM also provides information and directives for other needs.
“We also have information on how to get housing, assistance with your utilities, drug rehabilitation place,” Logan said. “In other words, we don’t want to help those that come here to break the cycles in their lives. We’ve got to break those cycles, and it is all good, and well and people mean well, but we’ve got to stop that cycle. Hopefully here we will be able to give a little jump start.”
Logan said the Pastor of CBFCOG, Chad Benner, and the members make OFTM possible.
“We have a system set up here, and all of our stock is in the back. We have access to anything anybody needs down here,” Logan said. “We serve hot coffee, hot chocolate, and as we become known we are going to provide monthly breakfast on Saturdays.”
Passionately he explains, “This is not just exclusive for the homeless population. This is for everyone, because it is not just people who are homeless that need help. There are people out there that are hard-working people, that just need a little help to make ends meet. Even when you have two people in a home that are working, when there are four, or five kids, that can be very challenging.”
He continues to say, “We really love what we are doing, and are extremely glad to be able to reach out to the community in this way. This is the first church that I have ever been a part of that has sponsored their ministries 100 percent. No fundraisers, just 100 percent support from our pastor and each member supp 100 percent.”
Bob Messer, board member of CBFCOG, offers his support to OFTM, and said he can relate to being in need of assistance.
“I am new at this, I just came down here as a board member to help Tim (Logan) and Janie (Lucas), and to support what they are doing,” Messer said. “I can remember growing up in my family, a we had need of commodities at one point, and I am not ashamed of that. Sometime people get out of work and just need a little help. We are doing this in the name of the Lord, and that is the main thing.”
Janie Lucas, assistant director of OFTM, said one never knows if or when they will be in need.
“It is a blessing to be able to minister to the needs of people, and to help people not only with natural food, but with spiritual food as well,” Lucas said. “No one is too good, or too high. Sooner or later they may be brought down and need assistance with food for themselves or their family. It is just a blessing that the Lord allows us to have this ministry here to reach out to others that are in need.”
OFTM hours of operation are the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information visit: www.colesblvdchurch.com
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