LifeLine Toledo Community Dinners


[man 1] I believe you
need to turn the heat up. [man 2] Steve told
me to turn it down. [narrator] Once a month, the
Reverend Steve North opens his own home to invite all of
Toledo for a free dinner. [Steve North] It’s just opening
our home to people so we can build community and bridge
divides and things like that. And so, people just
come from all over. In fact, at any given
time, if I walk into a room, I find there’s somebody here
I didn’t know had arrived. [narrator] This is not a
potluck and there are no requests for money. LifeLine Toledo provides the
food to make sure that everyone feels welcome at this table. [Steve North] We
always have a lot of food. In fact, tonight just
grilling and smoking items, we had over 200 pounds. Out back here, we have
people outside here as well. This ends whenever the last
people leave and normally, that’s around 2:30
in the morning, something like that,
and the record is 7 am. And the thing is the people,
even though they need to leave, they usually don’t want
to because it’s just a great place to be. You get to be together. ‘Hey, Craig how you doin? It’s the best place to be in
Toledo on a Saturday night. ♪ [piano music] ♪ [narrator] Steve’s
house is home base for LifeLine Toledo, a United
Methodist Church for people who might not come to a
traditional church. [Quinton Thomas] You
know, for 8 years, I never considered
it as a church. Being involved in
this community, my favorite part, is just
getting to know everybody. ♪ [woman singing]
One day up near… ♪ [narrator] LifeLine Toledo
hosts open mic nights, weekly weird church,
and the congregation bakes their own communion bread. [Trina Hooper] I
would come back. Sunday night he was
telling me that they make their communion bread together. And I’m like, ‘Wow. What a great idea!’ I’m
gonna tell my husband I’d like to come. [Claire McKenna] And so, then I
started coming to Sunday night “Weird Church” which was the
first time I’ve ever been to church before in my life. And so, this whole community
has kind of given me a new perspective on faith. [Steve North] Last year at a
community dinner one of the guys who’s regularly with
us (his name is Ron). He was sitting out in back and I
came in and I was walking up to the house. He said, Hey, Steve,
when does church start? I said, Ron, everything
we do is church. [narrator] Over a decade, the
community dinner has drawn as many as 230 people a month
to Steve’s historic home. LifeLine Toledo hopes you’ll
come for the food and stay for the fellowship that
this this quirky, unconventional
church has to offer. [Steve North] Twelve years! And it’s one of the best
things I’ve ever gotten to be a part of.

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