Free viewing of ‘The Shack’ to be offered at Liberty Theatre

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

One of the most powerful films released in the past year is the movie “The Shack,” based on the best-selling book of the same name by William P. Young. The movie stars Sam Worthington (playing Mack Phillips), the father of three who is forced to deal with one of the most painful experiences imaginable, one that puts him at deep odds with his faith in God.

The movie tackles humanity’s most frequently asked question: “How could a loving God allow such pain to happen?” Mack is given the opportunity to confront God face to face and express his anger, his pain and his frustrations. The answers he receives are both healing and profound.

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Patrick’s will be sponsoring a free showing of this beautiful film on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at The Liberty Theatre. There will be a free will offering to benefit the church’s Food Pantry ministry. Drinks and popcorn will be offered at their normal movie cost.

St. Patrick’s Food Pantry offers boxes of free food to those in need. Open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the ministry offers food boxes to an average of 35 to 40 families per week. Each box is filled with essential foods that are filling and nutritional.

“This ministry costs the church around $25,000 per year,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “All of this money is dependent upon individual donations and grants. It is included in our church operating budget. Over the past few years, the number of grants has decreased, forcing us to become increasingly dependent on the generosity of the community. We are fortunate to receive fresh produce and meat from Walmart, but canned and packaged goods primarily come from gifts from the community.”

“We hope that the community will come and watch this beautiful movie with us and will be generous in their support, helping us feed those who are in need,” said ECW President Lynne McCrudden.

This story was posted on July 13, 2017.