Food Pantry Weekly, 27Sep2017

Greetings Foodies! . It was a great day at the Food Pantry!  These weekly reports have been coming from Bob Weeks recently and will again soon, but Bob was traveling this week due to a death in the family.  So, you’ve got me again this week. . Many things have to happen to make a food pantry day a complete success. We experienced a very disappointing event tonight as 3 mobility-impaired clients were purposefully left behind by a Capital Metro Access driver, over the vocal objections by several of our volunteers. It seemed mean spirited. I only pray that God’s grace is working in that situation in ways that I cannot see. . Otherwise, tonight was what has become our new normal: clients from 106 households came to us for help, and our volunteer team handled it all with style and grace. The Central Texas Food Bank was closed this week for annual inventory, so our fresh produce offerings were limited, but thankfully our regular donors Trader Joe’s, HEB and Whole Foods helped tremendously, and we received first ever donations from Target that included about 100 pounds of meat. That new freezer arrived not a moment too soon! . Join our team! Or step up your current involvement!  See below under What do we need, and if you have questions or interest in joining us please reply to this email or contact Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella. . Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients. . This week’s numbers: # households served: 106 # individuals served: 306 # first-timers: 13 # of volunteers: 27 . What do...

Food Pantry Weekly, 20Sept2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Forgive me for the lateness of this update this week. It’s been a crazy last few days. We’ve had the beginning of life and the ending of lives all the while trying to maintain a certain amount of normalcy, whatever that is! If you were able to be around the food pantry this or even just around the church, you probably got to witness first hand our brand new ramp! It is such a blessing for both our clients and our volunteers to navigate up and down with such ease! I personally got to push one of our clients who is wheelchair bound without losing my breath! Praise God! Another addition was our brand new commercial freezer. Another blessing as we are now able to store so much more frozen food. We were are able to load the frozen items directly into the freezer in boxes! A big time and back saver! Wednesday nights always seems to come with some type of extra uniqueness each week. This week was no exception! As I was helping a lady out to her car, I noticed one of our clients kids had climbed the big oak tree in the playground up to about 12 feet and couldn’t get down! Fortunately, there was an extension ladder close by, so I grabbed it and with the help of another man, we hoisted it up to the limb. The boy was able to climb down, thankfully! I had to have a little chat with the mother who was inside oblivious to the situation. Then, another client had a flat tire and three...

Food Pantry Weekly, 13Sept2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! . Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” . It has been a crazy week since my last weekly Food Pantry update. . First, the Food Pantry was officially closed however we decided to have a skeleton crew at church to hand out premade bags in case some clients didn’t get the word. We made our best efforts in such short notice including the big scrolling sign out front but that didn’t stop some from coming anyway. I anticipated maybe 10 to 15 but instead we had around 35!! A shout out to the volunteers who committed to being there, we couldn’t have done it without you! . Second, I was in Arlington for the birth of my granddaughter. I am truly a blessed man with a brand new beautiful girl to add to the clan. Mother and child are both doing well! Perhaps soon you all can meet little Molly Kate! . Third, the reason we were closed was because of the new ramp construction. As far as I have heard, construction was going as planned and will indeed be finished in time to reopen in full force next week. Praise the Lord and everyone who was involved with this project. It should help tremendously our ability to serve our clients even better. . Thanks again for everybody’s continued hard work. We’ve come a long way in our six plus years and next week will start a new phase with...

Food Pantry Weekly, 06Sept2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! . My Scripture reference this week comes from Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” . Last night tested my anxiety level and instead of taking my concern first to God, I allowed myself to become overly stressed and I vented my frustrations. If we are to be God’s representatives then we need to act like it! And oddly enough, the anxiety was brought on not by the Food Pantry itself or even any of the clients this week but rather by some extenuating circumstances concerning the construction of the new ramp which begins on Monday and will take all week. As it turns out, we had a choice of either closing the Food Pantry or temporarily moving it upstairs and a decision had to be made immediately. Unfortunately, closing the pantry seemed like the best thing to do under the circumstances. Pray this project will be completed on time not like Mopac! . As far as the Food Pantry goes, everything went relatively smooth plus we had a light crowd. The volunteers go about serving God’s children with grace and dignity. We have the most awesome team of volunteers! When I think about the thousands suffering along the Texas coast and those who are about to experience another hurricane on the east coast, my petty little problems seem so insignificant. Pray for all those people! . Here’s the good news...