Gathering Inn-terest in Outreach

Gathering Inn-terest in Outreach

article by Jo Jones and photos by Adrienne Collom
St. John’s, Roseville

The sleepover guests arrived by bus from The Gathering Inn just in time for a tasty stew supper prepared by members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roseville (whose ministry group is pictured at right) and served family style on Sunday, January 15.

Guests prepared their sleeping areas with the women bedding down in the church hospitality room while the men camped in the sanctuary. There was time for welcome by the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos and then entertainment with the film “E.T.“ Since some were too tired there was an occasional snore heard during the film presentation.

In the morning guests cleaned the areas used and departed by bus back to the area known as Old Town Roseville, each carrying a “breakfast bag” that had been packed for them by St. John’s volunteers (including Christine Grau, pictured at left) in outreach ministries. The guests numbered 55, including six children ranging in ages three to nine.

The Gathering Inn provides a community-based response to people in need in south Placer County by offering hope, dignity and a secure place to rest at night, in addition to a wide range of services that help clients get back on their feet again. St. John’s began their work with them in the 1990s, providing ongoing support in monthly contributions, as well as the preparation of meals served at participating churches. For more information on The Gathering Inn, please visit thegatheringinn.com.

St. John’s is just one of 40 churches involved in this non denominational outreach service. “The sleepover guests will return to our facility for a night in February,” reports Joyce Paterson, co-chair of this ministry, along with her husband Pat and Roy and Lois Larson. If you are interested in participating, please call the Patersons' at (916) 780-3396 or contact the church office at (916) 786-6911.

Teams from St. John’s also assist in meal preparation at St. Vincent De Paul dining hall twice a month. Food is donated by various corporations, businesses and others. Our teams prepare and serve meals for approximately 60 to 80. To join this ministry, please call George Marsh, (916) 577-1910.

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