Church of the Good Samaritan feeds the masses
The Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, is one of the diocese’s smallest congregations – with an average Sunday attendance (ASA) holding steady in the low teens and a building that consists of a lovely sanctuary, a small meeting room, an even smaller library, a children’s play room, and a combination sacristy/kitchen. Even so, mostly relying on personally owned crock pots, two roasters, and an old microwave, members of that congregation have been able to serve well over 2,000 free meals to guests (whose needs range from having limited incomes to a few who have actually been homeless) over the last 4+ years.
This “miracle” of feeding the masses has occurred due to the grace of God, hard work, and assistance provided by our community partnerships with the Kroger Company, Texas Roadhouse (in Milford), Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and, most recently, Chipotle (all in Amelia). Additionally, the congregation decided a year ago to allow our building to be used without charge by a non-denominational Christian group who has been feeding an average of 30 additional individuals each week. An abundance of excess food has also been shared with the James Sauls Homeless Shelter, which serves all of Clermont County.
Submitted by Dena Morris, Church of the Good Samaritan