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Charge conference reports
on
Hot Meal Ministry

Each year, United Methodist churches hold a "charge conference" at which they review the events of the preceding year. The minister, treasurer, leaders and people who are involved in various ministries have a chance to report on their areas of interest. The reports are compiled into a booklet which is distributed to those in attendance. Sometimes the charge conference is held in the Fall, and sometimes early in the new year.

These are the reports which the OUMC Hot Meals team leader presented each year. There's a fair amount of duplication and repetition from year to year, for which we apologize. During some years, lengthy reports were apparently discouraged. These are the reports which were readily available in our computer files. More annual reports will be added, if and when we find them.

Chuck Carey
2017-11-26

December 1994

This continues to be one of the most popular programs of our Church. When we asked Churchfamily members to renew their commitment to Hot Meal Ministry last summer, we were overwhelmed with pledges of both financial support and of time and talents. Those pledges have been more than fulfilled.

We have enough money in the bank to be able to fund our ministry beyond the end of September 1995. The big group of enthusiastic volunteers that has turned out each month has enabled us to meet our commitment to prepare and serve a warm, healthy, appetizing meal for anybody who needs it. New people are constantly asking if they can join the team. Churchfamily members have also been quite generous in donating food, such as homebaked pumpkin pies, which have enabled us to stretch our funds even further.

Since Hot Meal Ministry opened at Orangethorpe Christian Church on Labor Day 1993, a grand total of nearly six thousand meals have been served by the five cooperating Fullerton churches. In recent months, the number of guests, especially children, has been increasing, and it isn't unusal for well over a hundred meals to be provided in a single evening.

October 1995

The Hot Meal Ministry is now well into its third year of existence and is still one of the most popular programs of our Church. Churchfamily members renewed their commitment to Hot Meal Ministry last summer with generous pledges of both financial support and of their time and talents.

We have enough money in the bank to be able to fund our ministry well into 1996. We have never lacked for workers who turn out to prepare, serve, and clean up after the meal on the fourth Monday of each month. Churchfamily members have also been quite generous in donating food from their gardens and pantries, which enables us to stretch our funds even further.

The Hot Meal Ministry coordinator, Paula Todd, has made it a regular practice to give babies a package containing diapers, formula and baby food. Recently, OUMC purchased and donated several dozen jars of baby food to make it possible to continue providing this important service to our guests.

Since Hot Meal Ministry opened at Orangethorpe Christian Church on Labor Day 1993, a grand total of about twelve thousand meals have been served by the five cooperating Fullerton churches. The number of guests, especially children, increases constantly. In each of the last two months, the OUMC team has served more than 180 meals in a single evening.

November 1998

On the 4th Monday of each month, we provide a hot meal at Orangethorpe Christian Church to people in need. This is a joint ministry of five local churches. It serves an average of nearly 200 people each week, including babies to whom diapers and baby food are given. At least twenty OUMC members volunteer their time and labor each month to prepare and serve meals. The ministry is supported entirely by individual donations and is not included in our church budget.

October 2000

On Labor Day, 2000, we began our eighth year of partnership with other neighborhood churches in Hot Meal Ministry. On the fourth Monday of each month, a team of volunteers from OUMC goes down the street to the Orangethorpe Christian Church to serve a great Methodist meal to anybody who is hungry. On average, more than 150 guests show up, including babies. The babies are provided diapers, formula and baby food.

This ministry isn't included in the OUMC budget, but is made possible by the individual donations of our churchfamily and by the willingness of many churchfamily members to come out and work for a few hours each month to help our neighbors. Our serving teams aren't limited to adult OUMC members. We are usually joined by several of our children and grandchildren, as well as by Cornerstone members and students from nearby high schools.

A big THANK YOU ! ! ! to everybody who has supported Hot Meal Ministry over the years by donating your funds, food and hard work.

December 2001

On Labor Day, 2001, we began our ninth year of partnership with four other neighborhood churches in Hot Meal Ministry. On the fourth Monday of each month, a team of volunteers from OUMC goes down the street to the Orangethorpe Christian Church to serve a great Methodist meal to anybody who is hungry. On average, more than 150 guests show up, including babies. The babies are given diapers, formula and baby food. Clothing, bread and (when available) fresh fruits and vegetables are also provided.

Since Hot Meal Ministry was founded in 1993 by OCC member Paula Todd, a total of more than 66,000 meals have been served. During the past two or three years, we saw a decline in the average number of meals served each week, but due to worsening economic conditions, that decline reversed itself early in 2001. On November 26, we served 219 persons! Those who refer to this ministry as "feeding the homeless" are in error — perhaps 10 per cent of those served are homeless. Most of our guests are the families, senior citizens and unemployed people who live in our own neighborhood.

This ministry isn't included in OUMC's budget, but is made possible by the individual donations of our churchfamily and by the willingness of many churchfamily members to come out and work for a few hours each month to help our neighbors. Our serving teams aren't limited to adult OUMC members. We are usually joined by several of our children and grandchildren, by Cornerstone members and by students from nearby high schools.

In each of the past three years, the United Methodist Church's California-Pacific Annual Conference has granted us additional funds, out of which we've assisted OCC with such expenses as baby supplies and paper goods. This year, we received a very large grant from a local business which equals several years worth of Cal-Pac grants. We will use this very generous gift to continue helping the Christian Church to provide baby supplies, to purchase such other fundamental supplies as paper goods and condiments and to replace tables, utensils and cooking equipment which have taken a lot of wear and tear over more than eight years.

A big THANK YOU ! ! ! to everybody who has supported Hot Meal Ministry over the years by donating your funds, food and hard work.

November 2002

On Labor Day, 2002, we began our tenth year of partnership with four other neighborhood churches in Hot Meal Ministry. On the fourth Monday of each month, a team of volunteers from OUMC goes down the street to the Orangethorpe Christian Church to serve a great Methodist meal to anybody who is hungry. On average, more than 200 guests show up, including babies. The babies are given diapers, formula and baby food. Clothing, bread and (when available) fresh fruits and vegetables are also provided.

Since Hot Meal Ministry was founded in 1993 by OCC member Paula Todd, a total of nearly 75,000 meals have been served. Two or three years ago, we saw a decline in the average number of meals served each week, but due to worsening economic conditions, turnouts have increased gradually for more than a year. Those who refer to Hot Meal Ministry as "feeding the homeless" are in error — perhaps 10 per cent of those served are homeless. Most of our guests are the families, senior citizens and unemployed people who live in our own neighborhood.

Hot Meal Ministry isn't included in OUMC's budget, but is made possible by the individual donations of our churchfamily and by the willingness of many churchfamily members to come out and work for a few hours each month to help our neighbors. Our serving teams aren't limited to adult OUMC members. We are usually joined by several of our children and grandchildren, by Cornerstone members and by students from nearby high schools.

For several years, most of the baby supplies which were distributed each week were purchased via annual grants from the California-Pacific Annual Conference. At Christmastime last year, we received a large grant from a local business, which we're using to continue helping the Christian Church provide baby supplies, and to purchase such other necessary items as paper goods and condiments, and to replace tables, utensils and cooking equipment which have taken a lot of wear and tear over the years.

During the past year, our Hot Meal Ministry team lost two of its hardest-working and most dedicated members — Albert Astle and Mary Lou Roberts. We can't forget the many Monday evenings which each of them spent with us and will miss Al and Mary Lou very much.

A big THANK YOU ! ! ! to everybody who has supported Hot Meal Ministry over the years by donating your funds, food and hard work. If you've never participated in Hot Meal Ministry, we urge you to join us on the fourth Monday of any month to learn what it's all about.

September 2004

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." — Matthew 25:35. That's what Hot Meal Ministry is all about — neighbors helping neighbors, a nourishing meal served every Monday night since 1993, promptly at 6:00 pm, to anybody who needs it — the homeless, the unemployed, families struggling to make ends meet — no questions asked. Diapers, baby food, formula, personal hygiene items and clothing are also distributed.

Labor Day 2004, Hot Meal Ministry celebrated the eleventh anniversary of its founding at Orangethorpe Christian Church on a note of sadness. Paula Todd, the ministry's founder, passed away September 1st in Baltimore, Maryland. Thanks to Paula's vision, perseverance, determination and love, more than 91,000 meals have been served to our neighbors over the years.

We all miss Paula and believe the best way to honor her memory is to insure that Hot Meal Ministry will keep going just as long as it is needed. Donations may be made to Hot Meal Ministry, in care of Orangethorpe Christian Church, in her memory.

Team OUMC serves on the fourth Monday of each month. That's usually the busiest night of the month. This year, we served an average of nearly 200 meals whenever it was our turn. You are invited to join us!

October 2005

On Labor Day, 2005, we began our thirteenth year of service in Hot Meal Ministry. On the fourth Monday of each month, a team of volunteers from OUMC goes down the street to the Orangethorpe Christian Church to provide a great Methodist meal to anybody who is hungry. On average, we serve about 150 guests, including babies.

Hot Meal Ministry was founded in 1993 by Paula Todd (1940-2004) who recognized a great need in our community and persuaded her pastor to invite neighbor churches to join her church in providing for that need. Since Paula's death, another OCC member, Debbie Campbell, has served as Coordinator. By the end of 2005, more than 100,000 meals will have been served.

Hot Meal Ministry isn't included in the OUMC budget, but is made possible by the individual donations of our churchfamily and by the willingness of many churchfamily members to come out and work for a few hours each month to help our neighbors. Our serving teams aren't limited to adult OUMC members. We're usually joined by several OUMC youth, as well as by friends from Cornerstone UMC and students from nearby high schools.

A big THANK YOU ! ! ! to everybody who has supported Hot Meal Ministry over the years by donating your funds, food and hard work.

January 2007

Our church continues to serve meals on the 4th Monday of each month.

January 2008

We found that our congregation was always supportive of the endeavors. When help was needed, members always stepped in to help. We deeply appreciate members of Cornerstone who still volunteer at Hot Meal Ministry as well as Interfaith Shelter Network.

December 2012

On the 4th Monday of every month, volunteers from OUMC provide a free evening meal for those in our area who are hungry or homeless. Approximately 160,000 meals have been served since the inception of this program in 1993. The meals are cooked and served at the nearby Orangethorpe Christian Church. Our OUMC volunteers purchase, prepare, cook and clean up the meal under the guidance of our head chef, Giovanni González. We have assisted with this program for 19 years with service and financial donations. On Monday, November 12th of this year 1,000 [weeks of] Monday night meals have been served without a single miss.

December 2013

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." — Matthew 25:35.

That's what Hot Meal Ministry is all about — neighbors helping neighbors, a nourishing meal served every Monday night since 1993, promptly at 6:00pm, to anybody who needs it — the homeless, the unemployed, families struggling to make ends meet — no questions asked. Diapers, toys, baby food, formula, personal hygiene items and clothing are also distributed.

Labor Day 2013, Hot Meal Ministry celebrated the twentienth anniversary of its founding at Orangethorpe Christian Church. The late Paula Todd started the ministry in 1991 and thanks to Paula's vision, perseverance, determination and love, the ministry continues and has now served about 165,000 meals to our neighbors over the years.

Team OUMC serves on the fourth Monday of each month. We purchase food and prepare a complete meal, serve it, then clean up. The number of people we served this year has varied from 113 in February to 184 last month, in November. We hear of cutbacks in federal food programs which may cause increasing numbers of people to turn to private charities for food. We will do the best we can to be prepared for as many people as we may need to serve.

You are invited to join us!

October 2017

HOT MEAL MINISTRY FINAL REPORT

During the summer of 1993, Paula Todd, a member of our neighbor church, founded the Hot Meal Ministry, which has taken place every Monday night since then at Orangethorpe Christian Church. A different local church prepares a meal each week which is served to anybody who might need it.

Orangethorpe United Methodist Church joined this ministry and started serving meals to its neighbors during September 1993. Our members participated with great enthusiasm for 24 years.

Unfortunately, as the numbers of our members dwindled and as their health declined, it became more and more difficult to find enough volunteer workers to prepare, serve, and clean up on Monday nights.

With great regrets, we informed OCC pastor Bob Case and HMM director Christina Campbell that September 25, 2017, would be the last night we served a meal as a part of this ministry. They accepted our withdrawal from the ministry and presented us a beautiful certificate which recognized our service down through the years.

Individual OUMC members who wish to participate are encouraged to visit OCC on any Monday evening and offer their services to the Hot Meal Ministry leaders there.

Thank you for all your enthusiasm and hard work down through the years!

Chuck and Jeanette Carey
Hot Meal Ministry coordinators

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