Monday, March 3, 2014
Harvest of Grace Café
First Dinners Served Sunday Evening
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at 65 Crooked Oak Drive in Pawleys Island, states the purpose of their ministry as empowering “members to spread the Word of God through good example and service.”
Southern hospitality was on display on Sunday afternoon, February 23, in the Family Center, and their mission was fully in evidence.
Wendy Schifer and her husband, Mike, have spearheaded the outreach effort known as Harvest of Grace. Wendy, a happy transplant from Freemont, Ohio, says she started thinking about the idea a couple of years before the church’s Family Life Center was completed a year ago. As the Center was taking shape, the church’s guiding principle was “growing in grace.” She approached Pastor Dave Lyle who, in his own words, said: “I did what I love to do most … I said ‘yes’ to a great idea.”
A lot of preparation went into this new endeavor. Key organizers attended a Clemson Extension Food Safety Course. They muscled through every requirement for DHEC certification. They reached out for statistics and experiential information from other area churches: Pawleys Island Presbyterian serves lunches on Monday and Tuesday; All Saints serves lunch on Friday; Precious Blood Catholic Church serves lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays and breakfast on Saturday. After gleaning knowledge from similar outreach programs, they decided Sunday evenings was a window of opportunity for the community’s less advantaged and for others hungry for food and community.
The name Harvest of Grace Café was a natural evolution for the “growing in grace” directive of the church. February 23 was their first night in action. Turnout was modest, but excitement was big. Tables were set with bright red carnations, placemats and silverware. Upbeat music was playing and all volunteers were decked out in red shirts and big smiles. Everyone involved understand getting the word out to those they want to serve will take time. They’re planning to host a dinner on the last Sunday of every month, and absolutely everyone is welcome.
This program is funded by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) at St. Peter’s. They hold a popular Apple Dumpling Festival every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. They sold out of hot apple dumplings last year so put it on your calendar now and go early. They also have all manner of baked goods, homemade jellies and jams and homemade soups and lots of crafts including woodworks, quilts from a very active quilting group, original artwork and hand painted stationery.
Visit www.stpeterspawleys.org or call 843-237-2795. Your questions are welcome. And everyone is welcome at Harvest of Grace Café.