The United Methodist Church in Raymond hosts a senior dining ministry in collaboration with the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. The church basement is filled every Wednesday at noon to serve the physical and spiritual needs of the community.
Participants in the meals can linger to talk or play a game of cards. Free groceries are also available for persons in need.
The church is located in a small community just east of Waterloo. The weekly gatherings for meals provide opportunities to learn practical information about taxes and Medicare, especially for persons who find it difficult to travel.
Members who help with the ministry find joy in serving others. One remarked, “It’s never a burden to do this.”
The ministry grew out of the participation of church leaders in the Healthy Church Initiative. HCI is an intentional process designed to enhance the skills of pastors and laity to lead growing, vibrant, spirit-filled congregations.
Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa help to underwrite expenses related to the HCI process.