Preachers' Passion for Purpose

Posted on 10/08/20 by Scott Wegenast

Preachers Have Passion for Purpose

Meet Pastor Alma Wooley of Christ Cathedral of Praise, Reverend Adrian Baker, Associate Pastor of Christ Way Baptist Church, and Elder Angela Overton of the Coalition to Transform Advance Care (C-TAC). They know the impact of the pandemic is far from over. Today, too many Louisville families and older residents are still struggling to meet life’s most basics needs. A collaboration with local Faith Communities, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), and AARP Kentucky is helping those most in need as the pandemic continues.

AARP Kentucky and its Louisville volunteer team provided support (virtually) helping to promote C-TAC’s community food drive earlier in September.

Cathedral of Praise volunteers organized and distributed the donated food collected and to those struggling throughout the community and Smoke Town Neighborhood.  Mindful of physical distancing and wearing Protective Personal Equipment, tables were set-up on the church lawn to distribute with grocery bags filled with non-perishable food items.  Families and individuals were able to drive up and have church parishioners put the food in their cars.  For people walking, they were able to take-away a grocery bag of food.

For those without a home, church members prepared “to-go” meals with the basics: meat, vegetable, bread, dessert and plenty of water.  The volunteers’ outreach continued as they delivered to locations where many homeless persons find makeshift shelter. Typically, the churches are making some 60 meals and all are gone usually within 30 minutes.

Christ Way Baptist Church’s members hand deliver food directly to the most vulnerable members, deliver boxes through partnerships with organizations and to clusters with elderly populations without access to transportation. They serve many families who have transportation, both within and outside of the church membership with weekly a distribution  

Additionally, C-TAC and the Pastors are delivering food boxes across from Louisville’s City Hall to help feed more homeless and individuals calling on the City to deliver justice for Breonna Taylor. By word of mouth, the scope of people to feed increases weekly.  “We are thankful for the food drive that enlarged our territory of help,” said Reverend Baker.  

According to Elder Angela Overton after witnesses the outpouring of community support, “With each day lived, therein lies the possibility for God to do the impossible, the unfathomable, the unimaginable and the incomprehensible.  We could not have been this successful if it weren’t for the support of the community.” 

AARP Kentucky is proud to support the outreach effort and is promoting the upcoming Essential Needs Drive on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

The city-wide essential needs drive will be collecting basic household items (paper products, laundry, dental items and more) to help Louisvillians in need due to coronavirus pandemic.

Where: Two Louisville drop-off locations are available for the public:

• Christ Cathedral of Praise, 711 W. St. Catherine Street

• Christ Way Baptist Church, 237 E. Breckinridge Street

When: Saturday, October 10 – Noon till 5:00 p.m. EST

More details are available: https://aarp.cvent.com/kyneedsdrive

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