Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Ka 'Ohana Kitchen with a ho'olaule'a on Sunday, Feb. 26.
The celebration, open to the public, will begin with a worship service at 8:30 a.m. and a blessing of the facilities at 10 a.m., followed by food, entertainment, door prizes and children's activities on the church's front lawn.
"Since 2002, Ka 'Ohana Kitchen has given a sign of love and compassion to our neighbors in Central Maui by serving a free, no-questions-asked hot meal every Sunday," said the Rev. Marvin Lee Foltz, director of Good Shepherd. "Many of the individuals we serve do not qualify for any other program. Our church is truly blessed as others have joined our nine church feeding teams: Christian Ministry Church in Wailuku, Ala Lani United Methodist Church, the Papa Ulu of Halau Hula Kauluokala and Sierra Gabrels of the National Park Service, to name a few, while countless others have provided food and financial support over the years. The Maui Food Bank has been an awesome partner in this endeavor."
For its community outreach programs, such as the Ka 'Ohana Kitchen and the Queen Emma Athletic Club (where youth from the community can learn the basics of weight training in a Christian environment), Good Shepherd is designated as a Jubilee Center by the National Episcopal Church's Office of Social and Economic Justice.
Mary Lou Mellinger, chairperson of Good Shepherd Church's Outreach Committee, which is spearheading the ho'olaule'a, described the outpouring of support for the Ka 'Ohana Kitchen.
"I am just amazed how the church and community are so supportive of helping those who are less fortunate than the rest of us, especially during these hard times when it is so easy to forget the needy," said Mellinger. "We have youth who will now be heading off to college with this core set of values engrained in them--feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and welcome the stranger."
After a decade of feeding the hungry, continued financial support for the Ka 'Ohana Kitchen is necessary.
"Food costs alone this year will exceed $3,000, while the kitchen equipment and structural repairs to the kitchen area of our historical building could well be in excess of $50,000," said Foltz. "So once again, we're hoping our community will come forward to help celebrate and to provide financial support as well."
"When we celebrate this 10-year anniversary, it's not only Good Shepherd that celebrates; we're celebrating the success of a community effort," said Mellinger. "And at the core of this celebration are the volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations who have given so much of their time, talent and treasures."
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is located at 2140 Main Street. Call 244-4656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.goodshepherdmaui.org and www.facebook.com/goodshepherdmaui.