JONESVILLE — The efforts of a local church to provide food and other necessities to needy families and individuals has been honored with a painting that now hangs in the church sanctuary.
The Potters Storehouse in Jonesville distributes food and other necessities to 3,500-4,500 people or an average of 900 families in need each month. In March of this year, those receiving the church’s assistance included 1,400 children under the age of 16 and 750 people over 65 years old.
In addition to its direct distributions to those in need, the church has also assisted other organizations with their food distribution programs including the Town of Carlisle and First Presbyterian Church in Union.
The church’s efforts to help the needy drew the attention of Roxanne Kingsland, a Jonesville resident and art teacher at Broome High School in Spartanburg County.. One of Kingsland’s students is the granddaughter of the Rev. Don Moore, the pastor of the Potters Storehouse. Kingsland recently visited the church during one of its food distribution events and decided afterwards to do an art project honoring the church as part of a class she is taking at Converse College.
“I’m in the Master’s in Art Education program at Converse,” Kingsland said earlier this week. “Part of the course is Contemporary Problems in Art Education. As part of that I had to make a piece of artwork and donate it to someone doing good in the community.”
Kingsland said she spent two hours at one of the church’s food distribution events, taking pictures and interviewing both the volunteers and those receiving the food. With the photos and information she’d gathered as inspiration, Kingsland then produced the painting honoring the church, its pastor, and the food distribution program.
“It’s a 40x40 acrylic painting, it’s mural-style done in folk art of the church, Pastor Don, and their food ministry,” Kingsland said. “I was inspired by their good will to create it and give it to them.”
Kingsland presented the painting to Moore and several of the church volunteers in the church sanctuary Monday afternoon.
Moore thanked Kingsland for the painting, which he described as a tribute to both the volunteers who have participated in the food ministry and the individuals and organizations who have supported it with donations.
“We’re just honored to receive this,” Moore said in accepting the painting on behalf of the church. “You could say it’s a tribute to the hard work of all the hundreds of volunteers along with all the contributors that help maintain the program. Without them there would be no program.”
The painting, which includes images of the church, its food distribution events, Moore and the volunteers, and three passages of scripture — Matthew 25:35, Luke 1:53, and John 6:35 — will be placed on display in the church sanctuary.
“We’re going to put it in the sanctuary,” Moore said. “I want it to be a reminder to not only those who receive the food, but those in the church who help provide it.”
Kingsland said she feels the painting could serve as inspiration to those who view it, especially those involved with the church’s food ministry.
“I think it would be an inspiration, even to those who don’t know about the food ministry,” Kingsland said. “I think it’ll also make the people involved feel good about what they do. They’re doing a good thing.”
To make a donation, volunteer, or receive more information about the TPS food distribution program, call Pastor Don Moore at 864-680-3465.