Church cafe supports clean water projects across the globe
MUNCY – A new cafe has opened in Muncy. Just this past December, The Living Water Cafe (LWC) was christened at the First United Methodist Church in Muncy.
It was the brainchild of Kevin Myers who designed the space inside the church’s new fellowship hall. “The goal of the space is to provide a comfortable space for fellowship and rest,” he said.
The project was done in two phases. Phase one was approved by the church council and the trustees at a cost of $40,000 for the space. Determined by the willingness of the vollunteers, phase two evolved with the completion of the Living Water Cafe. Amy Myers explained that the cafe is run by volunteer staffing, and it is now open to the public on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Kevin is the Youth Ministry Coordinator and the husband and wife team volunteer much of their time coordinating the LWC.
Two beverage programs that support ministry work are served in the cafe. The first is Alabaster coffee in Williamsport that provides several choices of trade coffee. “These products are typically single source and are relied upon heavily by residents as a means of living,” said Myers.
The second beverage is from Hk HumanKind, a company that contributes funding to advocate clean drinking water to communities in need. Headquartered in Elizabethtown, PA they focus on helping to end the world’s water crisis according to their mission. With an array of organic sweet teas, they state that “for every bottle sold, HumanKind helps provide 50 gallons of clean drinking water” to such places as Africa, India, and Haiti. They say that one in seven of those living on earth lack access to clean water.
“Contaminated water is the number one killer of children around the globe. Nearly half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people who are sick or dying from a water-born illness.”
LWC is serving these products to support the cause and will accept contributions or donations for cases of the water and tea. These products are purchased by or donated to the LWC. They rely on donations from patrons in order to serve these products and support the ministries as well as continue their ministry work at FUMC Muncy.
“The Living Water Cafe is dedicated to providing a beverage program that reaches into the world to be God’s hands and feet. Every bottle purchased allows communities who struggle to live without clean water to be impacted by the digging of new wells,” said Myers. “Clean drinking water is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”
In addition to the beverages, the cafe has a handcrafted coffee bar, a performance stage, LED stage lighting, a water wall, several cafe style tables and chairs and three small group meeting areas.
“We would like to further develop the space and begin a limited food menu,” Amy Myers said.
The space is currently being used for a multitude of purposes. Youth groups, student lunches, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers, and adult classes are some of the uses for LWC. A super bowl party was held there on Sunday, February 4 and the eveining included bible study and fellowship during the game as well as a taco bar and some desserts.
“Most of all, we hope that this living water will provide individuals the opportunity to grow closer to God in some waya small group studya conversation with a friend over a cup of coffeeor perhaps just a few minutes alone to reflect on life.”
The cafe space is available for rent to the public, and can be scheduled through the facilities coordinator at FUMC in Muncy at 570-546-8030.