New coffee shop found on 'Higher Ground' PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 01 February 2013 09:06
Chef Geoffery McKahan lights a stove as participants try a green bean tart after the dish is discussed at a cooking class in Higher Ground Coffee Shop in Pemberville on Jan. 28. The coffee shop is owned by SonFire Ministries. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - SonFire Ministries has launched a gathering place for village and surrounding area residents to meet for a cup of coffee, light fare and socializing in downtown Pemberville.
Higher Ground Coffee Shop and Meeting Place will hold its grand opening Feb.8-10. The event will include a Mardi Gras dinner, local musicians from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, local photography, and a Sunday brunch. Hours for the grand opening are Friday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The coffee shop, located at 222 E. Front St., is an extension of SonFire By the River Church and was paid for through donations and is run by church and community volunteers.
"We have always had in our mind that we thought it would be an appealing entry point for the community to come into a cafe environment," said Pastor Jeanne English.
"Our vision for the coffee shop is to offer Pemberville and surrounding communities a gathering place to enjoy good food, beverages and conversation and to connect with others," she said.
While the coffee shop is an outreach of the ministry, English wants to make sure residents know it is a community place and not just a church fellowship hall.
"We seek to extend a welcome to everyone, just as God welcomes us," she said.
In addition to coffee and conversation, guests can purchase baked goods, salads and sandwiches. The space will also be used for art and enrichment events, like cooking classes, for example. It is also available for family gatherings, group meetings and seminars.
It will also serve as a place for local artists to display their work.
This month, Eric Ward, a teacher at Luckey Elementary has his photography on display.
The coffee shop outreach is also dedicated to helping non-profits. A portion of proceeds will be given to both local and global non-profits. Higher Ground also uses Fair Trade coffee to help support Third World farmers.
Higher Ground is open Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday,  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (beginning Feb. 17) and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The facility offers a "South of the Border" buffet on Thursday nights, a Sunday brunch and several other theme dinners and events each month.
For more information, call (419) 287-7044 or visit:

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