God Be Praised!

Shared Table was established in late 2017 as God inspired Bernie Nelson to provide a little food help for people in our neighborhoods. He had helped provide meals twice a month for a community in York city and felt God was telling him to do something similar in Etters.

In January 2018, with a great volunteer crew from the Goldsboro Church and the larger community, we served 75 meals out of the Goldsboro Borough building. Over the course of that year, the average number of meals increased to 125 each week, along with a limited variety of fresh and canned items.

By mid 2019 York Benevolent Association began providing a wider and consistent variety of pantry items for our guests. By the Fall of 2019, New Hope Ministries was expanding their services into the Etters zip code and began their mobile food pantry in October twice each month.

When the COVID-19 restrictions prevented us from preparing takeout meals, we did a review of the two years' ministry.  We realized that our original mission of helping provide a little food help for people was not only met, but exceeded!  God be praised!

As a result, we ceased providing the takeout meals in March 2020, but continue to seek and to provide/coordinate volunteers for New Hope Ministries when they visit Goldsboro. At this point, New Hope Ministries comes on the 2nd Saturdays (11 am)  and 4th Thursdays (3 pm). During the COVID-19 period, the hours have been shortened from 2 hours to one hour each visit.

By Charlie Yost

After graduating from Red Land high school and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, I worked several years at Ships Parts Control Center. Jeanne came into my life simultaneous to my sense of a calling for additional training. We moved to Findlay, OH and finished my M. Div. through Winebrenner Theological Seminary. I was ordained by the Churches of God, General Conference and served pastorates in Cumberland, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Desert Storm arose during the mid-point of those assignments and again I sensed a calling and was commissioned as a Chaplain in the US Army Reserves. Three overseas deployments and 24 years later, I retired from the military and have returned to my boyhood home in Etters. Married to Jeanne for four decades now (seems like yesterday), God blessed us with a daughter Sarah and son Zachary, who in turn are both married to great people and have provided five grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter between them! We are so proud of our children and our grandchildren! I am very excited to be part of the Goldsboro Church and to have the opportunity to serve alongside these good folks as we let the light of Jesus be reflected into the lives and fabric of our community.

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