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Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnson (1864-1952)
IPC food service began mid 1950's by Reverend James English Cousar. Being a downtown church, the purpose of the meal program was to bring people together in fellowship. There are 3 meals each week:
Tuesday: Prayer Breakfast (Avg. 30 in attendance)
Wednesday: Noon Service Lunch (Avg. 65 in attendance)
Sunday: Evening Fellowship Dinner (Avg. 300 in attendance)
Everyone, including the pastors give "suggested donation" for each meal, which covers most of our food and disposable expenses. Since we don't worry about profit margins, we can offer quality, home cooked meals at a low price for families to pay.
Though food service is not necessary, it has be very helpful to our church. We are historic downtown church with 600+ attending every Sunday. Having a meal program has proven to be very effective in keeping our congregation close and connected.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.