Sierra church shines with holiday spirit all year long |

Sierra church shines with holiday spirit all year long

by Andy Bourelle

During the holidays, there are many people who can’t afford to give gifts, buy a Christmas tree or even eat a warm meal.

That’s where places such as the Sierra Community Church come in, providing meals to those who need them the most.

And for the meals, Lake Tahoe residents in need are able to give something at Christmastime – thanks.

“I think it’s good,” said South Lake Tahoe resident Matt Johnson while eating at the Sierra Community Church’s free meal Wednesday afternoon. “There are a lot of families who don’t have a chance to make dinner for everyone on Christmas.”

Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., numerous South Shore residents lined up at the church to receive a free meal of roast beef, stuffing, salad, rolls and pie.

“The food is always good,” Johnson said.

The meal is a weekly event for the church.

“We get 50 to 100 people a week. Anyone who comes through the door is welcome,” said Mark Bartholomew, food-line ministry administrator for the church. “Lots of children show up this time of year because they’re out of school. The school’s usually subsidize their meals if they are from low-income families, but right now they’re not in school.”

The food is purchased with monetary donations and provided by Raley’s supermarket.

The people attending the weekly meals appreciate that the program is available.

“I never had to use it until recently. I moved into a new place, and that set me back for a while,” Johnson said. “I work full time but that didn’t quite cut it, with first and last months rent and stuff like that.”

Others agree.

“I think that it’s a fantastic thing,” said South Lake Tahoe resident Louis Barnas. “There are plenty of poor, homeless, starving people in this town. (The church has) been doing this for years. Sometimes I’ll go a year or two without needing to come, then things go bad again. I appreciate that this is here if when I need it.”

Sierra Community Church is located at 1165 Sierra Blvd. For more information call (530) 544-1040.

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