"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer." Acts 2:42
How do you reach a city? A neighborhood? A community? One table at a time. For the past eight years, we have devoted ourselves to cultivating community around feeding thousands at the dinner table, while sharing the good news of Christ. We recently reached an amazing milestone by hosting our 350th weekly community dinner!
Each community dinner is marked by the abundance of food — this truly is a feast — which exemplifies the abundance of Christ and who He is. Black table linens, table center pieces and live music add to the richness of the evening. What’s most important about our Dinners is the 10-minute Christ story.
You are more than welcome to join us and see for yourself how God is moving at our weekly community dinners. As we say each week: “We want you to eat as much as you possibly can tonight. We want to roll you out of here. But no matter how much you eat tonight, you’re still going to wake up hungry tomorrow morning! But, the Bible states that if you receive what Jesus has to offer you, you will never hunger nor thirst again!” Pastor Isaac Olivarez
In 2012 Isaac and Jaime Olivarez created Urban Outreach Denver, a non-profit organization that was designed to help them start a church in the heart of the city. The goal was to give the hurting, the homeless, and the broken a church of their own. They began meeting people and ministering to needs out in the streets, parks, and alleys by distributing food, clothing, hygiene items, and winter warmth in the cold months.
In May 2013, they began hosting meals in a space they had just leased, as a way of bringing together the people whom they had met out in the neighborhood. But the plan was still only in step two of a three-pronged approach (street outreaches shared meals launch the church). The
hope was to use the meals to build deeper relationships and use that momentum to launch a church that would meet in the same space on Sunday mornings. From May to September, the meals were met with a wonderful response, as nearly 100 people crammed into a tight space for a hot meal, conversation, prayer, and a short message from Scripture.
Urban Outreach Denver is a non profit 501(c)3 that seeks to care for both short-term and long-term needs in Denver’s inner city. Your giving allows us to continue our work and feed thousands more both physically and spiritually!