News release from the LGBT-affirming Coral Gables Congregational Church:
Senior Pastor Laurie Hafner will Climb into the Tower of Historic Church and Stay There until Three Tons of Food is Collected
Coral Gables, FL - In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, The Reverend Dr. Laurinda “Laurie” Hafner, Senior Pastor of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, will climb into the tower of the historic Church on Saturday, January 19th, 2013. She’ll stay there until three tons (6,000 pounds) of food is collected as part of a Hunger Vigil to support the mission of local organization Feeding South Florida, an organization that provides food to needy children, single mothers, the elderly, homeless individuals and families, people living with HIV/AIDS, the working poor, and people who are physically or mentally challenged. Moreover, the January 19 vigil addresses the issue of hunger right here in Miami, a city that has been named the poorest large city in our nation.
On Saturday morning, January 19, at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Hafner will go into the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ tower and stay there until the three tons (6,000 pounds) of food fill the Feeding South Florida trailer in front of the church. Hafner’s last foray into the tower was in 2010. During that year’s effort, over two tons of food was collected. This year she pledges to maintain the tower stakeout until the goal of three tons is reached.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on January 19, members of the community are encouraged to also participate in the Vigil for Hunger by bringing food items such as bags of rice, beans and canned goods to the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ (3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables), across from the Biltmore Hotel. A more complete list of suggested food items for donation can be found at coralgablescongregational.org. Church volunteers will be on hand to collect and label food items and track progress toward the three-ton goal.
Donations of cash will also be accepted and will count toward the poundage total. For each dollar donated, six life-giving meals will be provided through Feeding South Florida. One dollar will count toward one pound of food donated.
At 7:00 p.m., there will be music, dancing and a celebration of everyone’s efforts to respond to the needs of our community. Donors are encouraged to help Pastor Laurie come down from the tower by then so that she can celebrate with the community and then go home to work on her sermon for the next day’s church service.
The public and press can follow the January 19 Vigil for Hunger events, collection numbers and photos by logging onto CoralGablesCongregational.org and the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Facebook page. More information on the Saturday, January 19 Vigil for Hunger can also be found by calling Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ at (305) 448-7421.