Christmas Eve Offering #2 – the Community Cafe

302 North 7th Ave., Bozeman, Montana
BUMC is blessed with a very generous congregation and as a result we are often able to give away our Christmas Eve offering to others.  Traditionally these gifts are split between a local organization and an international one.  This year we are supporting the East Angola Pastors fund, which was described in the previous blog post, and Bozeman’s Community Cafe.
The Community Cafe is Montana’s only “Pay
It Forward” 
Cafe; those who can contribute pay it forward for those who cannot.  The Cafe is open from 5-7 p.m. 365 days a year to anyone who eats and features freshly prepared meals in a sit-down restaurant setting.  The Cafe is part of HRDC’s Emergency Food and Nutrition Initiative, striving to improve food security throughout the Gallatin Valley.  In 2015 they provided over 50,000 dinners.
In addition to feeding people warm dinners, the Cafe offers other services.  They work with the Culinary Arts and Workforce Training Program and the Pro-Start Culinary Team at Bozeman High School to provide skills training for work and a successful career in the food industry.  The Cafe also provide a variety of catering services with pick up and delivery options available, and they can host up to 40 people at the Cafe.  And there’s a drive-up coffee bar coming soon!
You can find details about any of this at the Cafe website
BUMC staffs the Cafe the first Monday of each month.  The shift is from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and it takes 8-10 people to greet, serve and clean up.  If you’d like to join the fun, sign up on the clipboard outside the office or contact Gloria Zimmer.