Who We Are
The Food Service Ministry is a service and outreach of Southport Presbyterian Church.
We are here to provide the food service needs of SPC and the community. Our mission is not only to feed the body, but to nourish the soul through the personal interaction that occurs at meals and events where food is served.
Our goal is to enhance fellowship within the church through shared meals and to provide a service that frees others to pursue family time and ministry opportunities.
Funds received by the Food Service Ministry go to support the many activities of SPC.
Thanksgiving Pies and Cranberry Salad
SPC Christian School Lunch Program
The Food Service Ministry is pleased to partner with SPCS to provide enjoyable and nutritious meals for children attending all day kindergarten through the 8th grade. Many school parents and faithful church volunteers help with school lunch serving and clean-up.
Southport Adult Day Center Lunch Program
The Adult Day Center provides a safe and caring environment for loved ones while family members work, shop or take a short break from care-giving. The Food Service Ministry works with the ADC staff to provide appealing lunch menus that meet the nutritional needs of their clients. Volunteers transport the meals from the McFarland kitchen to the Adult Day Center at the Southview site.
Sunday Morning Bakeshop
Located in the Center Hall from 9 am to noon on most Sunday mornings, the Sunday Morning Bakeshop offers a selection of fresh baked breads and goodies prepared in our SPC Kitchen. Specialty items available for the holidays include gift baskets, gingerbread houses, cookies and pies - perfect for gift giving! Our trademark orange almond biscotti is always available.
The Food Service Ministry is available to provide catering
for any event scheduled at our McFarland facility.
Wedding Receptions and Rehearsal Dinners
Whether you select cake and punch, light hors d'oeuvres, or a full sit-down dinner, our staff will work with you to create the perfect menu for your special occasion. Please think about using SPC Food Service Ministry to make your most special days relaxing and enjoyable. Let us take the guess work and stress out of planning and serving your event. Our beautiful facilities are the perfect backdrop for any event. Custom designed menus are available upon request. Seating is available for up to 500,
Wedding receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners are also available through Take Away Buffet.
Anniversary Celebrations, Wedding and Baby Showers
The Food Service Ministry is ready to help with planning and preparing a menu for these special occasions. In addition, your Bible study, committee or other group can use the services of the Food Service Ministry to make your event complete. We can set up a continental or hot breakfast buffet, a full lunch or dinner buffet, box lunches, or snacks that will allow you to maximize your time together.
Take Away Buffet
Even if you are planning an event at your home or another location, the Food Service Ministry is available to make your job as host or hostess less hectic. We can help you plan a menu that will please your taste and budget. Anything from appetizers and finger foods to full dinners and everything in between. Your food selections will be prepared in the SPC kitchen and displayed on your trays, baskets or platters. For more casual events, catered items can be picked up in disposable containers. A pick up time will be arranged that is convenient for you.
Bread for the Brethren
As a service to other churches in our community, SPC Food Service Ministry is pleased to offer Bread for the Brethren. Designed to meet the needs of other congregations, we can provide freshly made entrées, side dishes or desserts priced "by the pan".
Contact Food Services
For more information please contact Ruth Clark by calling 317-534-2909
or click here to e-mail Ruth.
The Food Service Ministry is located at our McFarland Campus.
Ruth Clark - Director
Director, Food Service Ministry
Ruth is responsible for the Sunday Morning Bake Shop Table; the Southport Presbyterian Christian School lunch program; the Adult Day Center lunch program; SPC's in-house catering; and Bread for the Brethren (a service to other congregations).
Prior to assuming leadership of our Food Service Ministry in 1999, Ruth was the catering manager for Mr. D's Parties to Please Catering. A life-long lover of food, she holds a degree in business and marketing from Purdue.
In her spare time, Ruth enjoys gardening, spending time with children and grandchildren, and eating her husband’s cooking. She also enjoys volunteering at Great Banquet retreats which is a huge blessing.