A reflection on serving at the Loveland Community Kitchen...
I am an occasional baker and comfortable in the kitchen, but food service is not my shindig. The first time I served at the Loveland Community Kitchen I felt out of place and in the way as I tried to follow what task was needed next and how I could be useful. That didn’t prevent me from going back, however, and after serving three or four times I learned how all the pieces come together well enough to teach first-timers.
Unlike most of the other ministries I’m involved with, I continue serving at the Community Kitchen precisely because it’s a job I don’t thrive in. Even with some experience, I know I must not be the best (i.e. most efficient/enthusiastic/productive) person for the job. It’s certainly a joy when we can offer our unique skills in service to God, but we have been entrusted with additional talents we can put to work while our Master is away. The Community Kitchen reminds me even the two hands I can wash dishes with and a Sunday off work are things I can give back to God.
I imagine St. Peter was fairly content with fishing and wasn’t looking for his big break as a fisher of men. However, after being called by Christ he was given what was necessary by the Holy Spirit, and became a chief Apostle. Christ asks us to be merciful, and that doesn’t always align with our core competencies. If you have considered volunteering at Loveland’s Community Kitchen and thought it might not be your cup of tea, you might be right – but that might be an invitation to do it anyways.
Loveland Community Kitchen Volunteering and Snack Bags is a ministry under the St. Spyridon Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Chapter.
If you are interested in serving at the Loveland Community Kitchen with others from St. Spryidon, please email Katherine K. for more information. To donate to the snack bags we provide for the LCK you can do so HERE online or in the Philoptochos Poor Box - please memo LCK Snack Bags.