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Church plans to feed Western Wayne

Pershing Resurrected Church Pastor Scott Powell discusses the proposed plan to serve free meals once a week in communities in western Wayne County — Cambridge City, Pershing, Milton and Dublin.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

PERSHING — Communities everywhere are noticing residents who are not getting enough to eat and one pastor and his church are going to do something about it.

Pastor Scott Powell and the non-denominational Resurrected Church in Pershing are starting a program that will provide free meals in one of the Western Wayne School Corp. communities once a week each month.

The program is set to start Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Cambridge City.

The goal is to have the program and volunteers from the community run the program and let the church be involved, but not in charge.

Powell’s family moved to the Cambridge City area from Richmond as a 17-year-old rowdy, trouble kid, Powell admitted. He went to the Marine Corps to get straightened out.

“I’ve been back here since and I felt like God put it on our heart in 2016 to open up a church and we spent a good portion of 2016 and some of 2017 preparing,” he said.

He said the family had gone to different churches trying to find a place they fit, but felt as if they were the piece of the puzzle that didn’t fit anywhere. That’s because God had been calling him to do something themselves.

“When He put the word in my heart to open up a church, I wanted to open a church up in Richmond just because there is more opportunity, more people, more buildings but God just kept drawing me back to Western Wayne,” he explained. “This is where I did my good and I did my bad and I knew the people and knew the need, not just with hunger, but with families.”

Resurrected Church began meeting in a building rented from Phil McQueen at the stoplight on U.S. 40 in Pershing, or East Germantown. McQueen gave the group a good deal to rent space and they cleaned out the left overs from the furniture business and opened in September 2017.

The building is now being purchased on contract and his family lives on the second floor. Services are 11 a.m. Sundays.

Powell began talking to town councils in the area in October introducing the free meal program and asking to use a public building such as the fire stations to distribute the food. Since then, businesses have contacted him about using their facilities.

The meals will be prepared at a central location and packed in carry-out containers to take to the community that particular week and distributed. That distribution will not be used as a time to evangelize, he said.

“I am a firm believer that over a period of time that after you earn people’s trust, barriers will fall down and then conversations will start happening and relationships will be built,” he said. “For this program to be successful, it will take people to volunteer and the resources.”

Powell has a sponsorship program available where people can commit to one-time payments or monthly payments. The money will be placed in a bank account separate from the church’s bank account. People can also donate by going to Wayne Bank & Trust and writing a check to “Feeding Western Wayne.”

Contact him at 765-541-2814 or scottpowellministries@gmail.com to make a donation of time or money.

The community will have to help the church establish the program. It will take people willing to give a few hours on Thursday afternoons preparing the meals and to distribute the meals in the communities, he said. The people of the community need to be the face of the program.

“I’ve made contact with Principal Renee Lakes at Lincoln High School and there are 40 kids they provide with food every weekend because they don’t get food at home,” Powell said. “She is going to let these kids know where they can go to get food on Thursday nights. I didn’t realize how much of a need there was until I started talking to Mrs. Lakes and other people in the community.”

The first meal will be served Jan. 3 at the Tin Roof at 114 W. Main St. in Cambridge City at 7 p.m. with a menu of beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, a roll and water. IHOP is donating the packaging. The Ministry in Connersville is providing the protein. The group will have to buy rolls, drink and the plasticware.

A schedule will be set up to serve meals the following Thursdays in Milton, Dublin and Pershing but that has not been set.

“It’s been well received from town councils and they offered support,” he said. “My goal over the next year is try to show people that we can establish this program and sustain it with the love and support of people of this community. This program is not going to be successful unless people want to be a part of something.”

Eventually, Powell would like to see a daily soup kitchen to provide meals and other services everyday, but God is starting it small and then it can grow.