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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, August 11th.  It's only takes about 75 minutes of your time, but it will make a big difference in someone's life! During our July visit, everyone had a very positive experience so we decided to continue helping.  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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  • Larry B.

    This was a great experience. I hope everyone takes a turn. Giving of our time and self is very enriching to one's soul and spirit. As a bonus you get to meet some cool people.

    August 12, 2013

  • m p.

    Good experience. Good system inplace by the church. Melissa gave good instructions in getting us started. Will do this again. Would like to meet/speak to the guests the next time after serving.

    August 11, 2013

  • Maria M.

    An unexpected occurrence at home forces me to have to change my RSVP. Hopefully next time!

    August 11, 2013

  • Golden L.

    a friend will be joining me to assist.

    August 10, 2013

  • m p.

    I am looking forward to this.

    August 10, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hi all, I will send out a sheet of information on Sunday's schedule tomorrow. Best, Glenn

    August 9, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hi Larry, we are not supposed to bring anything. I've written to the Open Table organizer (Melissa) about final details, including how many others besides our group will be there, schedule, etc. I'll send that to everyone tonight or Friday. Have a great weekend all! See you soon.
    Best, glenn

    August 8, 2013

  • Larry B.

    Do we need to bring anything? I got the impression we are to bring and prepare a hot and cold meal for 30 guests. The church would reimburse us if we needed to. I thought Lisa was going to get some menus emailed to her as suggestions for the hot meals. If needed I can bring coldcuts and bread for the bag lunches.

    August 8, 2013

  • Victor

    Love this. Out of town.

    July 29, 2013

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