Food Pantry Weekly, 23May2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 96 · # individuals served: 280 · # first-timers: 5 · # of volunteers: 32 Remember growing up as a child and seeing someone else especially a sibling seemingly getting special treatment and trying to point out to someone the unfairness? There are two important lessons to learn from this that cropped up this week at the Food Pantry. One, sometimes life is unfair and two, if you don’t know all the facts pertaining to a particular situation, don’t judge by what you perceive to be an injustice. We had this happen between some clients and it led to some heated arguments. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I don’t like seeing discontent when we are just trying to help people with the best of our abilities but it happens, we deal with it and move on but we must be Christ-like in our response.   Other than that, it was another great night at the Food Pantry and I can never thank our volunteers enough for their faithfulness to come and serve especially as we move into heat of the summer. . God Bless you all!! . 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 Bob Weeks, Ernie Cruz or Pastor Stella. Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always,...

Food Pantry Weekly, 09May2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 109 · # individuals served: 318 · # first-timers: 8 · # of volunteers: 24   It was another extremely busy evening but successful evening at the Food Pantry. Our Free Store was back in full operation after being closed last week. Our numbers keep growing and since the first of the year, we are averaging around 11 new families registering each week. Our food sources have increased and we had an abundance of bread which unfortunately gets tossed out if we can’t give it all away. If anybody has an idea about what to do with our leftovers, please let me know. As you can see, it takes a tremendous amount of volunteer hours each week to make this succeed. I appreciate everybody’s efforts and while we have a base of volunteers who regularly show up every week, I’m always amazed by the different non-regular faces that show up any given week. It must please God that some of his children want to help his other less fortunate children! Thank you! Please see the note below about Tuesday and Wednesday morning opportunities. We have a critical need for helpers to either pickup food, help process our inventory or help set up for Wednesday nights. The Free Store and Snack Supper teams could also use extra hands. 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 Bob Weeks, Ernie Cruz or Pastor Stella. Thank You to all our supporters and...

Food Pantry Weekly, 02May2018

This week’s numbers:          # households served: 113          # individuals served: 332          # first-timers: 15          # of volunteers: 27 Sanctuary! That word probably evokes a plethora of emotions and meanings for each of us. When I think of sanctuary, I immediately think of a song, “Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you!” Most people will think of sanctuary as a place of refuge and safety as defined in the dictionary. I believe that is why so many people come on Wednesday nights. It may be the only time of the week where they can find a moment of fellowship, refuge and safety. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus has taken up residence in my heart and become my sanctuary! And that I must allow Him to control my life by showing others His love and kindness those few hours on Wednesday evening. The preparation it takes each week to create this sanctuary for our clients, hopefully is what motivates you continue in this ministry whether you are involved directly on Wednesday evening or you help out in picking up food or setting up for the snack supper and Free Store. Each one of you are a vital part of this ministry even if the only thing you can contribute is prayer. It was another great night although extremely busy as indicated by the numbers especially with 15 new clients. Please consider stepping up your volunteering (see needs below) and I hope to see you on Sunday afternoon at the Spring Fling! www.covenantaustin.org/spring-fling/ Please see the note below about...