“The Lord tells us to feed the hungry and to give drink to the thirsty,” said Pastor Robert Rainis, known affectionately as Pastor Bob around the church. “Christianity is an active word—you have to engage the community."
Anthony Bopp, who runs the church's St. Stephen’s Meals program, organized today’s feast.
Bopp and St. Stephen's meals serves hot meals for those in need three days a week (every Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at Epiphany. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to serve people,” Bopp said. “With the hard financial times, some people don’t have dinner.”
One volunteer, Joe McNally, who does all of the church’s repairs and pitches in to serve meals three days a week , brought along nine of his family members to help out at today's special pre-Thanksgiving supper.
"I'm very grateful [for the meal,]" said Mary Kelly, one of today's many customers. "I don't have any family and it's nice to have places like this to come."