Serve the Homeless at Open Table Kitchen & Urban Garden (Dupont Circle)

Change your world & deepen your faith by helping Open Table serve lunch to the homeless  and the poor near Dupont Circle on Sunday afternoon, July 28th.  It's only takes about 75 minutes of your time, but it will make a big difference in someone's life! Open Table does more than provide a meal, it welcomes all guests with hospitality, respect, and a safe space as fellow members of God's extended family.  During this short 75 minute period, volunteers will help prepare a nutritious hot meal, fix sack lunches to go, serve the lunches, and be a comforting presence to about 20 to 25 homeless people who come every week.  Volunteers can do one or all activities.  Finally, you will also meet other volunteers interested in making a positive difference in their world.

RSVP and starting time: please keep your RSVPs up to date, and please show up exactly at 12:30PM, we don't want to tell Open Table we are coming with 12 people and 2 people show up (or everyone is late!).  If we have more than 12 people RSVP, we'll maintain a waiting list (meetup allows you to do that).  As people change their RSVPs, people on the waiting list will move up into the "yes RSVP" column.

Here's a breakdown of the afternoon schedule:

1. 12:30PM: show up to help prepare the sack lunches

2. 1:00PM: hot lunch is served at picnic tables (using some ingredients from the urban garden), sack lunches are picked up for those just dropping by

3. 1:30PM: clean-up

Translate your faith into practical action & Justice: Large portions of the Bible (if you check out the Mosaic Law, the Prophets, and Jesus' teachings) say that God is concerned about the poor and those who struggle, so our community is interested in exploring how we might better serve our community in practical ways.  This project is part of our attempt to put emerging ideas into practice as a Christian community, not just talk about interesting ideas at an abstract level with no practical component or real-life significance (as many have complained about).  If there is interest, we will try and have a monthly service & justice project in the near future that will make a positive difference in our world while helping us foster a more holistic faith in our community.

More information about the concept behind Open Table: Since the mid-1980s, Open Table has offered lunch to the Dupont Circle area homeless and poor on Sunday afternoons. It's a simple program that makes a big difference in many people's lives.  From 1:00-1:30 PM, Open Table serves a simple meal and provides a sack lunch.  In addition to simply giving a meal, we provide our guests with welcome, respect, and a safe space. Open Table is a community effort bringing people and funding together from the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place (CCH/FP), Church of the Pilgrims, Dupont Circle Friends Meeting House, and anyone else from the community.

Bee Farm information: please note that the urban garden has a few small bee boxes that produce honey.  Just an FYI if you are allergic to bees!

Information about Kids: Children are welcome to participate, but parents must closely supervise their children.  There is no outside childcare available, parents are the childcare!

Hope you can join us!

Best, Glenn & Lisa

Directions from Metro: Church of the Pilgrims is about 2 blocks west of the Q Street Exit (that's the north one) of the Dupont Circle Metro Station.  Once you hit 22nd street, go south a block to the sanctuary entrance at P St and 22nd (you'll see the big bell tower).  At the sanctuary entrance, go to the "Bird/Community Room" inside the church building where we'll gather and go together to the Kitchen.

About Parking: People can park along 23rd Street up and down the street from where Open Table operates.

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  • Leslie C

    I would love to join in on this, but I have a question. I want my 20 mth old daughter to get involved in work like this with me to learn from a young age how to give. Would it be ok that I bring her and she can help me? If it gets too much for her, I can strap her to my chest and she can just be my attachment while I do the work with 2 free hands then :-)

    July 21, 2013

    • Glenn Z.

      Hi Leslie, the supervisor Melissa says you can bring a child, but you have to closely supervise whoever you bring. Hope you can make this Sunday still! Best, Glenn the Organizer

      July 26, 2013

    • Leslie C

      I didnt even see this msg before! Thank you. It all worked out and I would never let her run around like a wild child:-) she was a bit fussy but worked out and was lovely. Glad to help.

      July 28, 2013

  • LJordan

    It was a great start to doing service with the group. I am so looking forward to the next opportunity.

    July 28, 2013

    • Leslie C

      Likewise! Nice to meet everyone and thank you all for putting up with my fussy baby today before she found the pantry to entertain her!:-)

      July 28, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hi all, we will actually not be meeting at the back of the church to gather. Lisa will meet with people in the Bird Community Room where we have had dinner and speaking events. It's about 20 feet down the hall from the main sanctuary space. I'll update the meetup description this week. Best, Glenn

    July 24, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hi all, we've limited this session to only 6 people (with a wait list) because a youth group might be helping Open Table on July 28th. So the numbers are up in the air, but I've been told it's a small group. So this will be a trial run with a small group from our group to see if people found it a meaningful experience. I think there might be around 15 people a month who would be interested in this going forward. Best, Glenn the Organizer

    July 19, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Stop it Victor! You are making us blush!

    July 17, 2013

  • LJordan

    Thank you for signing up to help serve and pack lunches on Sunday, July 28th. There is still time to join us. We have several slots open.

    July 17, 2013

  • Victor

    I will miss this, but I absolutely love that the community is moving into service. It's what I've always wanted and been waiting for. A really wonderful and crucial component!

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town that weekend..

    July 16, 2013

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