Elemeno

Elemeno

The word “elemeno” isn’t in the dictionary, but every child knows it. When you sing the alphabet song, you say, “a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,I,j,k, elemeno, p…”  I have been preaching and blogging about the Hebrew letters, and this week, in the spirit of “elemeno,” I will be taking up three letters, l, m, and n, since we are moving in a fast rhythm as we lead up to Easter. Two weeks ago, my friend and colleague, Rev. Paul Harris shared about the challenges of living the life of faith in the middle of the border crisis, and I understand he did an excellent job.  Last Sunday, we received the gift of a wonderful Palm Sunday Cantata.  This coming Sunday,apparently we have a holiday coming up… fast rhythm and full music around here. The Hebrew letter, lamed, looks like a lightning bolt. When King Solomon was given the opportunity to ask for anything he wanted, he asked for something we often translate as “wisdom.” It all came to him like a lightning bolt. How wonderful that the man who could have asked for great power and wealth asked for wisdom.  How wonderful that God blessed with wealth and power anyway.The story gets better when you learn that the word we translate as “wisdom” is lieb shemah, a listening heart.  How wonderful to long for a listening heart. In Hebrew culture, they did not make the distinction that we do between heart and head – emotion and intellect. To them, the heart, the lieb, was the center of it all, so a listening heart means both openness to new learning as well as sensitivity...

Food Pantry Weekly, 25 March 2015

Greetings Foodies! March was a busy month for us and this week was iconic in several ways. We helped more households this month (285) than in any 4-Wednesday month to date, including 75 today. It’s easy, for me at least, to get caught up in the process and busyness of the day and week. But if I just have eyes to see. Lots of volunteers freely giving of their time, several doing double and triple duty, helping each other, serving, praying with clients. Our own Covenant PreSchool continuing to give food – 564 pounds this month. The community pitching in via an unexpected food drive by Curves at 183 and Oak Knoll – 600 pounds. Pastor Stella and Katie fellowshipping (is that a word?) with clients in our coffee shop. And Jane Nagase providing a very personal blessing to every client, in the form of a beautiful hand-crocheted butterfly pin with a bit of poetry and scripture. As we approach holy week, if I just have eyes to see, I can see The Holy working in all these wonderful people. Thank you Lord Jesus! I’ll close tonight with the words accompanying the butterfly pin Jane gave me: Just. . . Life Just a caterpillar . . .a warm cocoon A lovely butterfly! Just a seed . . .a tiny acorn A mighty oak! Just you; Just me . . .born again Beauty, Strength, Eternal Life! “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1Pet1:23 Carl Needs list, for persons wanting to donate food: canned fruit, cereal,...

Food Pantry Weekly, 18 March 2015

Greetings Foodies! We have one important volunteer position open. Please see below for details. We’re still on our up-and-down pattern from week to week. This was a “down” week with just 64 households, including two after hours.  Being Spring Break week, we were a bit light on volunteers, but we had enough and those present did a great job, as always. And thinking about all those kids not being in school this week, please pray for our client families where routines are disrupted, and especially for those where kids are home alone. I haven’t given an update recently on our food donations. It continues to amaze me. We are consistently receiving 1000 pounds and more each week (yes, we do weigh it all), from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, HEB, My Fit Foods, Starbucks, Covenant’s own Preschool, Gateway Food Pantry and garden, and individual friends and members of Covenant. Much of this is ready-to-eat and microwavable meals, bread/bakery items, dairy and produce. We still purchase shelf-stable items and meat from Capital Area Food Bank to complete a well-rounded shopping cart for our clients. Blessings to you all and thank-you for your support. Carl Needs list, for persons wanting to donate food:  canned fruit, cereal, milk This week’s numbers: # of volunteers: 15 # households served: 63 # individuals served: 205 # first-timers:  5 Volunteer opportunities We have an immediate need on Tuesdays from about 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM to pick up food at Capital Area Food Bank. This job requires the ability to lift up to 30 lbs and load these heavy items into a vehicle. You will be working with another awesome...