Odessa church begins mission to serve 'beyond the walls'

ODESSA -- "Our goal for 2019 is to go beyond the walls - meaning that we aren’t going to just remain a fellowship inside, we are going to do what we can to help our community in the Midland/Odessa area," Senior Pastor Samuel Buhl said. "So, beyond the walls is starting today with the feeding of those that are less fortunate than we are.”

Church leaders and members at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Odessa were busy in the kitchen after early service doing just that: making a big breakfast buffet for anyone in the community who needs a warm meal.

Pastor Buhl said a prayer...

'We bless you for this opportunity to serve. Thank you for those that are here today and even those that are on their way."

...and then everyone dug in.

Piles of eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and the famous '24-hour grits' fed a room full of members and new friends.

The congregation will be serving breakfast for community members every 2nd and 4th Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Buhl's hope is to not only bring people together and share a meal but also create an experience that 'opens a new can of worms' for church leaders and members beyond their walls.

“Volunteering not only here at the church, but also at nonprofit organizations throughout the city that we want to be a part of and meet more people that need Christ in their lives," Buhl said.