by Scott Harmon
Loaves and Fishes, not surprisingly, takes its name from the famous story known as ‘The Feeding of the 5,000.’ I would like to propose that it could have been named, ‘The Feeding of the Few Dozen.’ To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Jesus’ most famous miracle was somehow less miraculous than the account in Matthew. Rather, I’m questioning who was ‘fed.’
Sure, the multitudes were fed loaves and fishes. But based on my limited experience with Loaves and Fishes, there’s a lot more feeding going on than what is being served on plates. Volunteering for Loaves and Fishes, whether it’s donating food, or money or time, is an opportunity to be fed as well. It’s an opportunity to join and be a part of our community of faith in action, as we do what our Lord asked of us. As we prepare food, make meals, serve and clean up, we are serving our most vulnerable neighbors. And I think you will find that in the midst of all the hubub and action and swirl, if you can take a moment to breathe, you’ll find that you are being fed, too.
So please, come, be fed. Be fed by making meat loaves or cookies. Be fed by donating to St. Mary’s. Be fed by feeding the less fortunate. Volunteer for Loaves and Fishes. August 24th at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
To find out more about leading a team, email Scott Harmon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To Sign Up to donate food and/or volunteer on Saturday, August 24 – visit our SignUp Genius Page.
Download a printable recipe here: Meatloaf Recipe (pdf)
- 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion-Mushroom Soup Mix
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Bake in a disposable loaf pan or form into a meatloaf and bake in any pan one hour or until done. If you don’t use a disposable pan, please remove the meatloaf from the pan and wrap it in foil before you bring it to the church.
If possible, please drop off your meatloaves at the Nassau Presbyterian Church kitchen on Friday, August 23, by 12:00 p.m. If that drop off time does not work for you, you can drop your meatloaves off anytime between now and August 23. They can be placed in the freezer in the church kitchen – just look for the marked shelves.
Cookies by the Dozen
We do not have a specific recipe for cookies but do ask that you avoid using nuts. Cookies will be part of the “take away” sack lunch handed out and need to be packaged 3 to a bag. Please drop off your cookies in the marked boxes on the counters of the Nassau Presbyterian Church kitchen on Friday, August 23, by 12:00 p.m. If that drop off time does not work for you, you can drop your cookies off anytime between now and August 23. They can be placed in the refrigerator in the church kitchen – just look for the marked boxes inside.
Directions to St. Mary’s Cathedral
Download printable directions from Nassau Church here: Directions to St. Mary’s (pdf)
Or use the Google Map Location
151 North Warren Street, Trenton, NJ
- Take Route 1 South. (Where Route 1 and Business Route 1 divide, remain on Route 1 (that is, stay left).)
- Get off at the Perry Street exit. Make a left at the top of the exit ramp onto Perry Street.
- Proceed straight down Perry Street, through the intersections with North Stockton, North Montgomery and North Broad. You will soon see the Cathedral ahead of you, at the corner of Perry Street / Bank Street and North Warren Street.
- There is plenty of free secure parking behind the Cathedral.