In Jesus Name Thrift Store and Ministry will host a yard sale at the 505 Leahy Circle (Six Points) in Talladega today (Saturday) from 7 a.m. until noon. All proceeds go toward overhead of the ministry.
The In Jesus Name Ministry is led by the Rev. Louise Morris, a Talladega native who received her formal ordination about a month ago.
“We’re here to help anyone who needs it,” she explained. “People in need came come to us to get clothes, counseling and funds if they are available. If families are burned out of their homes, we can provide them with clothes and shoes. If they are homeless, we can help them find shelter. We don’t provide food ourselves, but we have a list of all the food banks in Anniston, Oxford and Talladega that we can refer people to.”
Morris says she feels a special kinship with people in need because she has been there herself. “I am doing this as a disabled veteran, so I just stepped out on faith,” she said. “I’m helping people who are like I used to be, and in many ways like I still am.”
Morris served in the U.S. Army for three years and worked for the federal government in various capacities for the next 14 years, first at Fort McClellan and then as a personnel manager in Washington, D.C.
But she also felt a strong calling to the ministry, and began ministering about 14 years ago as well.
She earned a master’s degree in the early 1990s, then set on the road to ordination. “It was a hard fight for me, no easy road,” she said. “You know how some leaders feel about women in the ministry. But a month ago I was licensed and ordained by Rev. Horace Patterson at Mount Canaan Baptist Church.”
Morris grew up in Talladega with Mt. Canaan as her home church and Patterson as her pastor, she added.
Saturday yard sales are becoming a regular event to help keep the lights on and the rent on building paid, she said.
The store accepts donations of shoes, clothing and other miscellaneous items, although they are not handling any furniture at this time. Cash donations are also welcome.
In Jesus Name Thrift Store Ministry is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from the same hours on the first and third day of each month.
For more information, contact Morris at 256-322-2260.