Photo by Andrew Richards
Norman and Marcella Wilfong, co-pastors of Day Spring Four Square Church in South Roxana - along with their youngest granddaughter, Annika Grace - give food to Michael Carpenter of Wood River. Carpenter was laid off two years ago from Labor Local 397 in Edwardsville, where he had worked for 16 years.
The people of Day Spring Four Square Church in South Roxana reach out with the love of the Lord to feed hundreds of hungry people.
More than 150 families line up at the doors of the church at 319 Sinclair Ave. each month to receive food. Along with the food, people at Four Square Church share the hope of Christ and the love of Jesus with the needy people.
Norman and Marcella Wilfong are co-pastors of the congregation whose members put their faith in action, sharing the saving grace of people they meet in everyday life.
Marcella handed a sack of groceries to a 90-year-old woman who didn’t have enough to eat at home.
“God loves you,” Marcella told the lovely lady, giving her a big hug.
Tears of joy filled the eyes of the woman, who was happy to get food to take home.
Tons of food from Operation Food Search and St. Louis Area Food Bank are unloaded at the church every month.
“Meat, canned goods and milk for the babies are distributed to the families,” Marcella Wilfong said.
The food pantry is open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, she said.
Devoted people of the church feed more than 600 people a month, from newborn babies to people in their 80s and 90s.
“Older people on fixed incomes are having a difficult time putting food on the table,” Wilfong said. “The food pantry is funded by people in the church.”
Norman and Marcella Wilfong met at Granite City High School and married in 1965. The couple committed their lives together to serve the Lord.
They shared the message of God’s salvation at Sunday morning worship to feed the poor. They are parents of two sons, Norman and Douglas; and a daughter, Susan.
The couple opened their home to nine foster children.
Marcella Wilfong was 12 years old when she went to a Billy Graham revival.
“When Billy Graham gave call to come to the altar, I kneeled and committed my life to the Lord,” she said.
After Norman Wilfong had a stint in the Air Force and spent time in law enforcement, he and his wife went into full-time ministry.
In 1992, they became senior pastors of a Four Square Church in Wood River, where they provided food to people left homeless in the flood of 1993.
In 1999, they started Day Spring Four Square Church in the former Methodist Church on Sinclair Avenue in South Roxana.
The public is invited to attend Sunday morning worship services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Bible study at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday evening services at 6:30 p.m.
The meaning of Four Square Church originates in the Bible in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13, Verse 8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
The church opens its doors each month to the meeting of the Madison County Corrections for Christ’s Ministry, whose members visit people in jails and prisons.