The “For I Was Hungry Fund” was created by the Saint Peter Task Force in early April 2020 to help provide relief for individuals, families, and organizations in Brunswick County impacted by COVID-19. Within weeks, almost $30,000 in donations poured into the Fund. This was an incredible response from the caring members of Saint Peter.
In the next month, distributions from the For I Was Hungry Fund were made to Hope Harbor Home, Matthew’s Ministry, New Hope Clinic, Streetreach, Dosher Medical, Brunswick Family Assistance, Providence Home, and other Brunswick County organizations, individuals, and families. By July 2020, all but $4,000 of the original contributions were distributed. The administration of the Fund was turned over to the Saint Peter Outreach Committee.
The fund still remains, as a way to continue reaching out to our neighbors in times of need. At this time we use the donations to purchase Food Lion gift cards, which are given to those who stop by the church seeking a meal or food assistance.
To contribute to the For I Was Hungry fund, write “Hungry Fund” on your envelope and in the memo field of your check. To give online, navigate to the Give Plus page and select the For I Was Hungry Fund option.
We had a great success with our first-ever Memory Café, featuring a Fall theme. The event was October 4th, 2023 with an attendance of almost 30 people, which exceeded expectations. Pastors Jason and Wade entertained the group, introduced by Wendy McKernan as the “Ramblin’ Revs.”
Most of the group sang along with old favorites, even if some could only whisper. It was a sweet sight of enjoyment in this opportunity to socialize and fellowship together. Indeed, the conversation was lively, continuing well after the sing-along. The audience also enjoyed café fare, including muffins, desserts, iced tea, and coffee served by volunteers from Saint Peter.
Wendy was joined by her fellow parish nurse Bess Holt, as well as Carrie Dunlop, a Community Engagement Coordinator at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, and Kandace Gray from the Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging. All were pleased at the success of this first café. Kandace summed up by saying, “It was a wonderful event. I’m so glad I can be part of this.”
To sign up for a future Memory Café, click here for the registration form. Note that you must register each person separately. If you have questions for Wendy, feel free to send her an email.
Saint Peter Lutheran Church 4843 Southport-Supply Road Southport, NC 28461
Open Mon-Thur 8:30AM-1:00 PM (910) 457-5604 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11:00 AM Wednesday Service: 5:15 PM