GREENVILLE – Over the years, EUM Church in Greenville has shown generosity through many different ways – locally, nationally and even abroad. This past weekend the church shared that generosity with four local pizza delivery drivers.
According to Executive Pastor Matt Haupt, church members donated a total of more than $3,000 from their five separate weekend services. When each delivery driver brought the pie, they were unexpectedly escorted to the stage where Lead Pastor Jeff Harper explained what was going on and handed them the wad of cash. Harper then said a prayer for each of the drivers.
“We ordered the pizza before the end of each service and told the congregation what we were doing,” Haupt told The Early Bird. “This was an opportunity for our church to be generous and watch God in action.”
One driver, who was given more than $1,100 for a tip, said with tears in his eyes that he would use the money to help fix his truck.
Haupt says they got the idea searching some other churches on youtube and it seemed to be a great introduction into their upcoming sermon on generosity. Each service collected at least $400 in cash and gave the driver a standing ovation as they departed the sanctuary.
“Each of them (the drivers) were visibly taken back after getting the cash,” Haupt added. “It was a great way for us to give back to the community in a tangible way and share the love of Christ.”
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The church received some calls following the ‘big tip’, informed Haupt. A manager called to verify the driver really did get a tip that big and a mother of another driver emotionally thanked the church for the generous act.