Temple UMC Serves More than 800 Meals

December 05, 2013

Temple UMC, San Francisco, held a "Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner" serving 867 meals that included turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, cake, and pie. The Rev. Anthony Jenkins, Temple's pastor, his son, and Matt Pierson, the church's youth pastor, walked the Haight and Golden Gate Park to distribute information about the meal. The church cooked 65 turkeys and 35 hams.  This was an effort to reach out and serve, and stretch the congregation. Jenkins was appointed to Temple last July. Meal participants included other area churches, homeless persons, and homeowners in the neighborhood. Some have come back for Sunday worship. "It exploded into the biggest one-day ministry of the church," said Jenkins.  "We got an opportunity to expose the love of Temple," he added. "It was a really beautiful thing we were doing for the neighborhood."