Bible On TAP – Called to Love, Serve and Give Through Faith
It is early Saturday morning at The Extension, and the guys are waking up and looking forward to a hearty breakfast provided by the Bible On Tap Men’s Ministry. Led by Joe Paonessa, Bible On Tap started serving at The Extension in 2018 after they came out to build out the stage in the AA room and enclose the podium for our transition ceremonies. After that, they were hooked!, and began providing meals for the guys monthly.
The group heard about The Extension through one of its members Dave Tester. Dave Tester had taken a college youth group to serve at The Extension a couple of times in 2017 and once in early 2018 to cook and serve breakfast. He brought a continuation of that service to BOT. Dave has been involved with The Extension since 2007.
Throughout the pandemic, BOT continues to provide breakfast and dinner to our guys and needed in-kind donations such as blankets, socks, and toiletry items. Joe says that he and the men at BOT miss interacting with the guys in person. They look forward to visiting with them face to face again, “seeing men that have chosen a path to recovery and learning what their stories are and how they decided to turn their lives around is very fulfilling to us. We can’t wait until the day where we can once again cook for the men in person and share fellowship!”
BOT is a men’s ministry at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marietta. Their motto is “called to love, serve and give through faith.” The group comprises 80+ men dedicated to serving those in their church body and those in the community who most need their help and support. The group was founded in 2012 on the biblical principles of First John 3:17 that says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” BOT is dedicated to expressing the love of God through both physical and financial efforts. Whether it is helping an elderly congregation member or reaching out to the homeless in our community, BOT is here to help!