JONESVILLE — A church’s food ministry will continue to minister to the needs of those in Union County in need of food thanks to the generosity of the members of the Union County Rotary Club and others in the community.
The Potters Storehouse, which is located on S.C. 18 in the Jonesville area, began the fourth year of its food ministry earlier this month by distributing food to more than 2,000 people. Another distribution is scheduled for Oct. 27, and Pastor Don Moore said the church is on track to feed more than 4,000, and possibly as many as 5,000 people, this month.
Meeting the needs of so many is expensive, and Moore said the distribution earlier this month greatly depleted the food ministry’s stock. To begin replenishing those supplies, the church hosted a concert by the Naomi & The Segos gospel group Sunday with those attending the concert asked to bring canned food or other non-perishable goods as the price of admission.
Even as it was working to meet the challenge of meeting the needs of those in need, the church was also working to secure sufficient funds to keep the power on.
Moore said earlier this month that the church had received its turn off notice from the power company. To prevent the power from being cut off, Moore spent much of last week working to raise the funds to pay the food ministry’s power bill which averages $850 a month.
The Union County Rotary Club was one of the organizations Moore approached for help and he said club members responded generously to his appeal.
“We raised a total of $1,000 and $270 of that was from the Rotarians,” Moore said. “The balance was from donors who wished to remain anonymous. We’ll respect their wishes, but we want to say thank you to them and the Rotary Club members for their generosity. With their help we were able to pay our power bill and that’s letting us keep helping the people who need our help.”
Moore also thanked Naomi & The Segos who performed free of charge to help support the ministry. He said the group has promised to return early next year to perform during one of the food distributions.
“Naomi & The Segos performed for about an hour-and-a-half,” Moore said. “They said they will definitely come back after the first of the year. They hope to come back on a Saturday and perform for the people at one of the food distributions and then perform that Sunday.”
The audience for Sunday’s performance was small, but Moore said everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and contributed to the food ministry.
“Our turnout was small, but everyone brought donations of canned food and other non-perishables and the donation box was soon full,” Moore said. “There was a really sweet spirit and everyone had a good time.”
Anyone who is interested in donating, volunteering or receiving more information about The Potters Storehouse can call Pastor Don Moore at 864-680-3465.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.