“Learn & Serve” Transitions to “The Neighborhood Table”
We are excited that the next phase of the GPC Learn & Serve program has begun with a transition to The Neighborhood Table in Sharpsburg.
Since Learn & Serve started in February 2015, we have offered our time and talents to six different community organizations. We packed boxes at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, painted and gardened at HEARTH and Camp Crestfield, visited with international students at P.R.I.S.M. and cooked and served food at the Hot Metal Bridge and The Neighborhood Table in Sharpsburg. We did many jobs, learned about many programs, shared food and fellowship with many people, and had the privilege of serving others.
Feedback was collected about each of our Learn & Serve experiences. The consensus was that we enjoyed meeting, serving, eating, and interacting with members of our local communities. Therefore, GPC has transitioned from volunteering with various programs through Learn & Serve to volunteering with The Neighborhood Table in the Sharpsburg community.
What is The Neighborhood Table?
The Neighborhood Table is a free community dinner that is held on the first and third Thursday of every month at the Roots of Faith Ministry Center in downtown Sharpsburg. Roots of Faith, an outreach ministry started in January 2014 by the Faith United Methodist Church in Fox Chapel, seeks to gather the Sharpsburg community to support, encourage, and serve one another in the name of Jesus Christ. The Table is not a soup kitchen or a handout, but a place for the community to gather. In addition to The Neighborhood Table, Roots of Faith sponsors vacation Bible school, a neighborhood legal clinic, an evening Bible study and a Friday night youth coffee house.
Transitioning Happens in Two Phases: March and October
Currently, volunteers from the Bakerstown United Presbyterian Church prepare and serve food at The Neighborhood Table on the first Thursday of the month and volunteers from Faith UMC do the same on the third Thursday of the month. Because The Neighborhood Table is expanding and getting a new kitchen in the next several months, they are not ready for GPC to start a third week of preparing and serving meals until October. However, until September, we plan to visit on the first Thursday of the month (with Bakerstown volunteers) to eat, meet, and get to know the Sharpsburg community that attends The Neighborhood Table. When the new kitchen is ready for us in October, we will start preparing and serving meals on the second Thursday of each month.
How can you help?
We can all help – men, women, young, old, single, and married. The life of Jesus Christ makes it clear the duty and privilege we have to serve our brothers and sisters on earth. Service allows us to practice doing what Jesus would do. Join us in serving our brothers and sisters in the nearby neighborhood of Sharpsburg.