If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. . . Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.” (Isaiah 58:9b-12)
Our congregation has been committed to urban outreach ministry for many years. Over 40 years ago, we discerned that the needs of our area of the city were so great that no one congregation could reach out as effectively and faithfully as congregations working together. That is when four of our congregations came together to begin an ecumenical urban ministry. Then it was called the Four Church Association, and later the Five Church Association. Now it is Isaiah 58 Ministries, Inc. and is supported in various ways by congregations across the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Isaiah 58 Ministries is housed here at Compton Heights CC, and is one of our primary ways of caring for those around us who are in need. Our congregation collects non-perishable foods each Sunday for the Is. 58 Food Pantry. We collect clothing for the Thrift Store, give financially to support other aspects of the ministry, and share in the hands-on work with those served by Isaiah 58 when needed and possible.
The Executive Director is the Rev. Brenda Booth, a Disciples of Christ pastor who is also a member of this congregation.
The Interim Hunger Program Director is the Rev. Meredith Jackson, a United Christ of Christ pastor who is also a member of this congregation.
Isaiah 58 Schedule of Ministries
Food Pantry –
Monday and Friday, 9:00 AM – Fresh Produce, Sandwiches, and Bakery Items
Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Regular Food Pantry Open
Thrift Store – Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Healthy Lifestyles Program
“Ask the Doctor” Sessions – once a month
Lunch and Learn – once a month
Exercise Classes – Monday and Wednesday 10:00 AM
Various Support Groups through the year
Free Mammograms each autumn
Free Flu Shots each November
Education and Employment Support
Back to School Program each August
Connection with Near Southside Employment Coalition for job seekers
Computer Lab – open during Food Pantry hours
You may donate non-perishable foods, clothing, and your time and talent!!
Volunteers keep us going!
Go to the Isaiah 58 Ministries website for more information: