Jun 24, 2021St. Matthew’s holds first Community Dinner since COVID shutdown

St. Matthew’s holds first Community Dinner since COVID shutdown

St. Matt’s Community Dinner Guests – St. Matthew’s, Ozark. Image credit: Gary Allman

True to my word (and the call of burgers and dogs), I visited St. Matthew’s for their first community dinner since they stopped serving weekly meals because of COVID. A lot’s happened since then.

Free Wednesday Night Dinner – St. Matthew’s, Ozark, Community Dinner. Image credit: Gary Allman

When St. Matthew’s temporarily closed for in-person activities, they were based in a strip mall in the middle of Ozark, sandwiched between offices of the Ozark Police Department and Christian County Health Department. In September 2020, after months (years) of searching, false starts, discussions, and negotiations, St. Mathew’s moved to its new home in a shared space with Ozark Presbyterian Church.

Any un-voiced concerns that the relocation might adversely impact St. Matthew’s Community Dinner ministry, proved unfounded when over twenty guests arrived for the opening meal.

St. Matthew’s Lisa Barns serves a meal for one of the guests – St. Matthew’s, Ozark, Community Dinner. Image credit: Gary Allman

Gary Allman was the Communications Director with The Diocese of West Missouri from March 2014 through June 2023.

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