Open Hands Meal & Ministry Draws Almost 50

Open Hands Meal & Ministry Draws Almost 50

With the Open Hands Meal & Ministry serving a delicious hot dinner to almost 50 people at First Reformed UCC on Oct. 17, the non-profit ministry officially became a two-site movement of God, said Rev. David Talbert of Bethany United Methodist Church near Denton. As visiting families and individuals were warmly greeted and fed by volunteers from First Reformed UCC, St. Stephens UMC and Open Hands Ministry Monday night, the same scene was going on as it has for several years at the Lexington Church of God on West Fifth Avenue in Lexington.  At First Reformed, music was provided by volunteers Grace Talbert and Christian Harmon as well as our new friend, James, who sang and played keyboard to share an original song with the group. Rev. Elizabeth Horton presided at Holy Communion, where she was assistcropped-2-open-hands-dave-fultoncropped-5-open-hands-photo-elizabeth-oct-17-2016ted by Rev. Talbert. Rev. Talbert’s church, Bethany United Methodist Church, is where Open Hands Ministry got its humble beginnings during a Bible Study. Several men in the Bible Study noted that so many scriptures dealt with feeding people. They wanted something to do something concrete help people and to make a difference in the community. It began with a meal in which 200 hot dogs and words of encouragement were shared at a local motel. Several years later, the same volunteers and lots more serve and minister on Mondays each week to approximately 180 people at the Lexington Church of God. First Reformed UCC now collaborates with Open Hands as a second venue to provide the ministry and meal each Monday evening. Open Hands also operates a Mercy Station at St. Stephens Methodist Church located behind First Reformed’s Education Building.cropped-3-open-hands-oct-17cropped-4-open-hands-3-oct-17-2016 cropped-performers-open-hands-2-oct-17-2016

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