Service through outreach and social justice ministries reflects St. Francis’ desire to “love our neighbors as ourselves” (Mt. 22:39). Outreach ministries include the St. Francis’ Meal Ministry which not only feeds hungry neighbors, but offers an opportunity for other congregations and businesses to serve. St. Francis also partners with the Eureka Food Pantry and serves at Eureka Elementary. We engage in service-learning as we learn about issues of justice like immigration and then support the mission of organizations like Welcome Neighbor STL. St. Francis also leans into justice through organizing events with the Community Gospel Choir and Rockwood School District and by participating in opportunities like in the Pride Parade.
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What Do St. Francis’ Parishioners Say about SERVICE at St. Francis’?
I think service is love in action. Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter replied, “Lord, you know I love you,” and Jesus answered, “Then feed and care for my sheep.” When I participate in the Meal Ministry, bring food for the pantry or supplies for Eureka Elementary, I am loving and caring for my neighbors and loving Jesus.
St. Francis is a second family to me. There are so many opportunities to help and volunteer, and even set up groups. Everyone helps out. I am so glad to have volunteered this summer. There are always opportunities to help and be a part of our community and starting groups or, for me, Game Night.
As a longtime member of my church, and involved in several committees, I believe serving in outreach is a good way to help out your neighbors.
When starting the St. Francis Meal Ministry, I encountered people from community that told me that didn’t know there were people in need in Eureka and Pacific. St. Francis has sought to help these people by offering a free hot meal once a month. We have empowered local businesses and churches to help the ministry by donating meals. St. Francis Meal Ministry enables us to do God’s work!
I joined St. Francis after attending a community concert and meeting Rev. Laurie. I am drawn to the endless outreach programs. I am focusing on being an active participant with Eureka Elementary. I am heading the school supply and school snacks projects. I also handed out 4th of July pinwheels at the Arbors of Rockwood parade. I will be attending the Kindness Club at Eureka Elem.