Enid Welcome Table revisited
Last week, it was my privilege to share information about a new ministry launching in Enid.
The Enid Welcome Table outreach was created by the Rev. Jarrett Banks and the Rev. Shannon Speidel, ministers of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), to offer a free meal for the homeless and anyone hungry on each Sunday of the year at their Enid church, 1111 N Broadway.
The idea behind the outreach was that the entire community would commit to making the ministry successful, with businesses, organizations, individuals and various churches signing up to either cook or serve a meal or both one Sunday. In fact, Oakwood Country Club prepared the food for the first dinner and Central Christian Church congregants and some others in the community helped serve the meal.
I ran into Speidel at the Oklahoma Conference of Church's breakfast fundraiser and "friend-raiser" on Thursday at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.
She was only too happy to tell me how the first dinner went on Easter Sunday, April 16.
Speidel said the event drew about 30 visitors and it was everything the church and community had envisoned -- and a fitting outreach on Easter.
She said one woman who attended the dinner said the meal and the caring people who served it made her feel human again.
"It was a human resurrection is the best I can say," Speidel said. "It doesn't get more Easter than that."
Incidentally, Speidel was introduced at the breakfast as one of the Oklahoma Conference of Church's newest staff members. Beginning May 1, she will be the conference's director of program development, events and communication.