NEW CASTLE —
Loudon believes that it’s not only the existing tie between Cochran and Caruso that recommends First Presbyterian’s taking over the dinner, but also the church’s relationship with the downtown.
“First Presbyterian is trying to do church differently, and this is part of how we’re trying to do it,” he said. “We’re trying to focus, not on how many people come to our church services, but on how many people our church is serving. Our doors have always been open to all persons who want or need.”
Loudon noted that First Presbyterian will be welcoming five new members into its fold this week. While two live in outlying townships, two others call the City Rescue Mission home and the fifth stays in Tent City.
“We’re interacting with a broader base because we’re willing to, and we’re encouraging one other to do that,” Loudon said. “The Scripture I found that connects to it well is John 14:12. Jesus says, ‘Truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do.’
“This fits right in there.”