Every Wednesday night, people gather at Vineyard Community Church in Waverly for a free hot meal. Waverly Cafe is a partnership of four local churches and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank targeting the real, but often unnoticed, under resourced population in Waverly. Vineyard Community, Grace Baptist, Crosspoint and now the Waverly Campus take turns preparing and serving the meal.
“Our family has enjoyed eating at the Cafe. We get to enjoy a meal and meet people,” said Jesse Henkle, Waverly Campus Pastor. “It's also a great opportunity for our church to partner in the Waverly community with the other churches.”
Over a year ago, the Waverly Campus was asked to join this partnership by serving one week a month, but at the time it was decided there were not enough volunteers with the campus just launching. However, after helping serve a meal as a family Christmas project, Scott and Amanda Schara responded to a call from God to start a cook team. Now people from the Waverly Campus invest in others by serving on the first Wednesday of the month. “It is important to us to do something that is bigger than the both of us and our family,” commented Amanda Schara.
“God led us to Waverly Cafe to in order to help fulfill their mission and ours. We get to serve the community with not only our family, but with our amazing church community and other generous churches in Waverly.”
Everyone is welcome to come eat at the Waverly Cafe. Meals are served from 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesdays at the Waverly Vineyard Community Church. Come to serve or just come to eat. There’s a place at the table for you! If you have questions or are interested in serving on this team, please email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 319.721.2502.
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