St. James, Piqua, has proudly served our community for the last 12 years by offering a monthly Lunch with God meal.

At the beginning of the new year, long-time Lunch with God coordinators David and Evelyn Jones decided with many prayers and thoughts to step down from coordinating the meal. But the church quickly found another person to coordinate the meal, and we are proud to say parishioner Susan Davis directed the transition without any notice to anyone from the outside.

Susan has great ideas to move this mission forward. First, tables are set with tablecloths, napkins and flatware. Real, rather than disposable dishes are used, and volunteers serve each person as if they are dining in a restaurant. Each meal consists of an entrée, vegetable and or fruit, dessert and a drink. Children who attend receive a coloring page with crayons and a couple pieces of candy and are told they can color their pictures there and we will display them for everyone to see, or they can take them home to color. Any food that is left over goes to the Piqua Fire Department.

Lunch with God serves between 20 and 35 people through the winter months and as the weather changes, the attendance rises as well.

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Krista Abernathy serves as secretary of the church and vestry of St. James, Piqua. Contact her at and be sure to check out the church on Facebook at