Food Pantry Weekly, 29Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! I read these two quotes this week in my devotionals: “This begins to happen when my attention turns from my disgruntlement with the insanity around me to my discontent with the incongruity within me.” “Broken people are made whole by God’s love.” Why these two? Because of the growth of the Food Pantry, any given week if not every week is insanity and I sometimes want to run and hide from the overwhelming needs of  people. Then I remember that I am just as needy and broken as anybody who graces our pantry doors! And it seems especially at this time of year that everybody needs a word or a hug or just a listening ear! Beyond the food, this is a basic need of every human. This Wednesday was no different but was another great night highlighted by missing car keys by a client. For the most part though, everything went along smoothly and we were able to finish up on time! Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two.  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: 95 # individuals served: 327 # first-timers: 11 # of volunteers: 30 What do we need: Needs list for those wanting to donate items: toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free...

Food Pantry Weekly, 22Nov2017

Greetings Foodies! . Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Last night was joyful. So many wishes of Happy Thanksgiving and asking What are you doing tomorrow? People talking about their families and friends. So many act like Wednesday night at the Food Pantry is a big family gathering. And I suppose it is. All this against a background of poverty and need. I talked to one client who was desperate, literally terrified of what lay around the corner. So the world hasn’t changed. Yet so many, for this day at least, joyful. We can do this. One day at a time. One person at a time. Be thankful for each other and for God’s grace. . Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two.  . 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: 89 # individuals served: 306 # first-timers: 21 # of volunteers: 33 . What do we need: Needs list for those wanting to donate items: toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper, feminine products, etc. baby food, diapers, other baby items reusable shopping bags (no paper bags please.) Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at covenantaustin.org, or by check to Covenant UMC (“Food Pantry” on memo line). Would you like to volunteer in the food pantry? There are multiple opportunities each week: Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm the...

Food Pantry Weekly, 15Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! . Philippians 2:4: Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. . It was another great night at the Food Pantry! It was also a crazy and long and at many times exasperating night! I’m not sure whether to be elated or sad that we set an all time record for the most people served on a Wednesday, 127! From the very moment we started serving to nearly 7:00, 30 minutes after our normal closing time, it was a constant flow of people. I wasn’t even sure we were going to have enough food towards the end, however, God provided and though our produce was scarce, everybody who came, went home with something. . I came Wednesday night trying to have a positive attitude and hoping I could maintain that the whole night but it soon turned somewhat negative as the numbers grew and grew and frustrations mounted. Anybody else feel like that? I have to constantly remind myself that it’s not about me! I try to picture in my mind of how Jesus would have handled things. I’m sure he had to get frustrated from time to time at the sheer volume of people with needs including food. Yet, he humbled himself in a servants role and did the work without complaining. Should I do any less? . We are meeting some of the needs of our community and especially this time of year, we are reminded it simply is NOT about us! . Thanks again to an awesome volunteer team! . Join...

Food Pantry Weekly, 08Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies, . 1 Peter 2:9 But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give him praise. God brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light. It was a dark, cold and dreary evening outside, but it didn’t stop those in need from coming anyway. It was another great night inside, full of warmth and fellowship and joy as we gather with the saints. Who are the saints? It’s you who read this post! It’s Sharon, the nurse cultivating relationships in the form of taking blood pressure . It’s those who work tirelessly either distributing food or picking up food. It’s those who pray for our clients to those who help carry out the abundance of food to cars. It’s those who come early to prepare the snack supper to those who set-up our Free Store. It’s the joy I see when for just a few moments each Wednesday evening, we all join together from entirely different walks of life and share with each other. We truly see the Christ who dwells in each of us, connecting on a spiritual level. We have just come from a Sunday where we heard the news about the church shooting just down the road and yet fearlessly, we continue to fling open our doors wide to let the world see what the church is really all about. I know for one, the feelings I first had when I heard that news and was somewhat afraid of the effect...

Food Pantry Weekly, 01Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! 2 Timothy 4:7-8  “ I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.” I was thinking about my beloved Astros after having suffered through 55 years of futility, finally captured the World Series championship Wednesday night! I have suffered with them as a fan for all of those years. They finished the race and I feel like I was a critical part by cheering them on in the mostly bad times and in the good times. . What does this have to do with the Food Pantry? For over six and a half years now, you the volunteers continue the race. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate hunger needs not grow the numbers however the numbers continue to grow! Sometimes it feels like a hopeless cause but I believe what we are providing besides the food IS hope! . So I speak to you about motives. The Astros and all other baseball teams have the same goal each spring, make it to and win the World Series! I have heard many of the Astro players say they did it not just for the championship ring but for the people of Houston and all others affected by Hurricane Harvey. In other words, they had a...