Snapshots: Blessings from Room in the Inn

March 30, 2017

Four-year-olds make sandwiches for our Room in the Inn neighbors.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who host groups of folks living on the margin.

Throughout the winter months, you provide food, fellowship, a listening ear and an open heart to 12 guests each Monday and Tuesday night through the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program. Without you, First Pres would not be able to sustain this partnership. I promise you, this is the God’s honest truth!

Here are a few snapshots from this season, shared by FPCers who made time for our Room in the Inn guests. Some are happy and some are gut-wrenching and all reflect time spent in community with one another.

  • A pan of brownies transformed into a birthday cake for a six-year-old girl—the first birthday cake she has ever had.
  • Guests schooling some young FPC whippersnappers in basketball, only to let them take the lead in the end and win the game.
  • Two men sharing the experience, strength and hope—as well as love—that they’ve learned in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous…emphasizing that addiction knows no zip code.
  • Four-year-olds in our Weekday School making lunches for our guests.
  • Clemson and Alabama fans alike cheering on their respective teams, coming together at the end of the game with a prayer of solidarity.
  • Two moms from different worlds sharing a meal and tears over the struggles of raising young children.
  • Bumping into a guest who works at Which Wich and meeting his co-workers.
  • A letter left by a guest expressing gratitude for the laughter of young children in the dining room.

These are just a few exchanges. I feel sure there are countless others just as profound and moving. All are examples of how we spend time with our neighbors for Christ in the heart of Charlotte.

I also want to thank the Urban Ministry Center for allowing us the opportunity to spend time with men, women and children who find themselves in challenging and sometimes traumatic circumstances. What a gift it is to connect with new and old friends and share parts of our lives, our struggles and our dreams with each other. Also, a list of the volunteers is at the bottom of this post, with my apologies for anyone who was inadvertently left out.

Glory to God for the love being shared, friendships being formed and souls being nurtured within the walls of this building.

– Mary Scott Peterson

Ward and Sally Davis, John Graham, Kory Eubank, Don and Anne Schmit, Mike and Debbie O’Hara, Georgia and Ken Johnson, Melissa Walker, Holly Ham, Stephanie Owens, Jenni and Rob Grier, Page and Martin Hull, Suzy Nurkin, Emily Johnson, Lisa Ku, Kathryn Raby, Caroline Sink, Ingrid Johnson, Jen Dauska, Sarah Moody, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Bowman, Carol and Milt Childress, Chad and Mary Scott Peterson, Amy Hilyard, Susan Keesler, Rebecca Morris, Caroline Veronee, Patti and Steve Mayo, Anne Bridgeman, Elizabeth Fagg, Heather Hayes, Holly Loeffler, Caroline Sharp, Ros Mallory, Addison Ayer, Marwen McDowell, Grace Hoover, Katie Williams, Nick Valaoras, Christian and Sarah Flohr, Ward McKeithen, Kitty Ray, Frances Campbell, Jane Lomax, Marilyn Armstrong, Lisa Dillard, Rich Neidinger, Liana Humphrey, Amy Jones, Crystal Sellers, Sarah Lockhart, Lauri Clark, Dennis Elliott, Vicki Sutton, Elise Barksdale, Rick Rogers, Diane Carey, Don Olmstead, Sonya Snowdon, Ann Temple, Rich and Jen Evans, Claire Tate, Natalie Raygor, Drew Quartapella, Roy Michaux, Alison Dalton, Al Riddick, Sally Billington, Debbie Barberr, Tiffany Guy, Graham Johnson, Roger Lovelett, Tripp Monroe, Fritz Porter, David Taylor, Renna Massey, Katie James, Ron Hankins, Kent Main, Doug Williams, Martha Ogburn, Allen Shifflet, Austin Tate, Jane Gustafson, Bart Landess, Tim Ryan, Bradley Griffin, Dan Ogburn, George Climer, Joe and Sonja Elliott, Kelli Mallory, Marc Gustafson, Tayna Gaspar, Roberta Fox, Lee Bradley, Stacey Stevenson, Gretchen Bottrill, Libby Bell, Grace Ulrich, John Tate, Ruth Ellen Gill, Erika Funk, Walter Bridgeman, Dick Ridenhour, Rich Lyman, John Corder, Marty Griffin, Rick Winn, Jim Sharp, Lee Cory, Shana Hetherington, Elizabeth Clark, Joe Bossong, Carroll Walton, Margaret Dunn, Warren Snowdon, Ron and Vicki Hankins, Bowen Caldwell, Mary Caroline Lee, Beth and Doug Williams, Bryan Morris, Zenny Aycock, Barret and Bryan Butler, Young Adult Bible Study, Middle School and High School Youth