Philoptochos, or “friends of the poor” in Greek, is the philanthropic arm of the church, providing aid to the poor, the hungry and those in need in our parish, community, country and across the globe. Every Lenten season as we fast we are encouraged to put our time and our giving towards serving others—particularly serving those in need. The community at Saint Spyridon through our Philoptochos chapter serves at a local organization, Loveland Community Kitchen, year-round. However, during Lent there are several opportunities for parishoners to get involved. Recently, two families from our parish had the opportunity to serve at the kitchen, here’s what they had to say from their experience:
"Our family had fun volunteering at the Loveland Community Kitchen. It was an opportunity to practice servant-hood together. We enjoyed great fellowship with the rest of the team, and were able to bring some smiles to those we served. We highly encourage other families to take part in this local ministry."
"Our family was able to volunteer at the Loveland Community Kitchen a few months ago and the experience was very rewarding. There were a variety of jobs that allowed participation of our whole family from adults to younger children. The director was very kind and organized explaining different jobs that needed to be done to prepare the meal; the hot food is already prepared and ready to be served, but we were able to help cut bread, prep fruit, prepare drinks and get desserts onto serving plates.
It was wonderful being able to serve those who are in need of a meal, share a friendly smile and often a short conversation about their day. It was especially humbling for our children as a family with young children came through just as we were running low on meals to serve at the end of service. This experience allowed us to serve those in our community who we would otherwise not have a lot of opportunity to connect with and open our eyes to the needs of those around us."
Ways to Serve this Lenten Season:
1. Volunteer to help serve lunch—4th Sunday every other month.
2. Help prepare snack bags (March 22 and April 8)
3. Donate non-perishable breakfast items for the food drive, such as cereal, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate, peanut butter and jelly, now through Pascha (place items in the breezeway chest, north of Narthex)
4. Donate funds to help pay for snack bags and food drive items, put “LCK” in the memo line of your check.
For more information, and to get involved, contact Tamara - firstname.lastname@example.org