Celebrating 30 Years of DDB – January 2013

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Downtown Daily Bread (DDB) serving the needs of the hungry in downtown Harrisburg.  A luncheon marking the occasion will be held at Pine Street on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. for members of all 19 religious congregations that are the core of DDB.

The luncheon will be the “kick off” to several events throughout the year to “celebrate and educate” about DDB and its 30 years of progress in serving the needs of the hungry in downtown Harrisburg.

Words from the book of Isaiah offer a strong light onto our path:

… if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.  The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

– Isaiah 58:10-11

At the luncheon on March 10, Brenda Erin, DDB Kitchen Manager, will be preparing the main entrée.  The Pine Street Congregational Life and Mission Committees will also be lending a hand in the preparation and service of the meal.

DDB is a pivotal part of Pine Street and our faith.  It has been, still remains and is an active and essential component of our faith as a positive agent in Harrisburg and in the world.  Words found in the epistle of James explain its true significance:

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?  If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?  So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.  –  James 20:17

For three decades, DDB has provided daily meals at noon time in the Boyd Center.  Over the years, its services have grown and diversified to include counseling, showers, job search assistance, lockers, mail and more.

In the beginning, only a handful of local congregations were a part of the effort.  During the past three decades, the list of involved groups has grown beyond Pine Street to include:  Baughman United Methodist Church; Beth El Temple; Camp Hill Presbyterian Church; Cathedral Church of St. Stephens; Christ Presbyterian Church; Colonial Park United Church of Christ; Derry Presbyterian Church; Ebenezer United Methodist Church; Faith Presbyterian Church; Halifax United Methodist Church; Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church; Paxton Presbyterian Church; Perry Valley Presbyterian Church; Progress Immanuel Presbyterian Church; Silver Spring Presbyterian Church; Temple Ohev Sholom; Trinity United Methodist Church; and Zion Lutheran Church.

Please come and join us for lunch on March 10, and invite your friends.  There will also be a presentation about DDB and its programs.  A freewill offering of $15 per person or any affordable donation would be greatly appreciated to help cover costs.

John Jewett, Pine Street Mission Committee and liaison to the DDB Advisory Committee

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  • Kitchen is open for lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Volunteers should expect to stay from 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • For drop off: Cook is in the kitchen from (M-F) 7:30am-3:00pm (Sat, Sun) 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Chris Patrick and Cynthia Swanson Office Hours (M-F) 8:00am-3:00pm

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