By Kelly Barker
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) –The Wesley Center provided free lunch to UTC students every Thursday during the semester.
Besides weekly worship services, bible studies and mission trips the Wesley Center, 607 Douglas St, offers food for the soul every Thursday.
The center doesn’t stop with soup on “Souper Thursday”. On Wednesday they offer lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $2.00.
“We understand money is tight for college students and this is our way of serving the community through campus involvement,” Rev. Keith Moore, director of the Wesley Center, said. “Jesus served the least, the lost and the poor.”
John Crabtree, UTC Junior from Murfreesboro said. “I think it is nice that they do this for students. I don’t know of any other campus ministries that offer free bowl of soup.”
The center is sponsored by the United Methodist Campus Ministries of Chattanooga, which also hosts a campus worship service at 8 p.m. each Thursday.
Dr. Dwight Kilbourne, senior pastor of First Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave, said, “As agents of Christ we work to bring about the Kingdom of God among the collegiate and young adult community of Chattanooga while searching out those who have heard the call of God in their lives.”
Other church sponsored organizations such as the Christian Student Center also offer lunch during the fall and spring semesters. The student center provides a meal every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to UTC students for $2.
Jerry Cox, Director of the Christian Student Center said, “The Christian Student Center is committed to providing the best in Spiritual gain and provide a fun and friendly atmosphere to hang out with friends and strengthen your faith.”
“The really cool thing about having a fireplace in the Wesley Center is the fact that you can roast hotdogs and marshmallows in it,” Moore said. “Everyone is invited to join us at the Wesley Center.”