Food Pantry Weekly, 09Jan2019

Greetings Fellow Foodies!  This week’s numbers:  · # households served: 110· # individuals served: 368· # first-timers: 17· # of volunteers: 414,737 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40 We were back to our normal numbers this past Wednesday. The weather cooperated and you, the volunteers helped make the evening go smooth. Just in case you were wondering, Wednesday night doesn’t just happen on it’s own, it is the culmination of all the hard work put in all week starting right when we close. It’s been said that leading volunteers is like herding cats but that really isn’t the case here as everyone does their job without too much complaining. Any complaining is actually more like constructive encouragement, mostly useful and needed.  We all play vital parts and all necessary if we are to succeed in pulling this off every week. Do not downplay any role no matter how small it may feel to you as God needs you to help. Remember, whatever role you do play is entirely for the glory of God and that is why this ministry continues to bless others less fortunate. As an example, we were given a gift of $1000 from the Texas Methodist Foundation but it came as a gift from the employees individually not from the company. Our ministry is being recognized for the role it plays in helping others even though we never actively seek any personal praise, it just happens! ...

Food Pantry Weekly, 02Jan2019

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 63 · # individuals served: 209 · # first-timers: 11 · # of volunteers: 38 4,556 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4 And so begins a new year and with it new challenges. I thought about the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”, as we gathered for our weekly Wednesday night ministry again. It was cold and wet and miserable outside for the entire evening and no doubt had an effect on the numbers of clients that showed up, however the volunteers still came in full strength with good cheer and persevered the elements. Unfortunately, because the numbers were low and the abundance of food, we were left with lots of leftovers. It’s always sad to have to throw away food but I’ve come to the place where I’m happy that at least some of the stuff had a second chance. Happy New Year and be prepared for even greater things happening this year. God cannot be contained! Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role! It was another wonderful evening of fellowship at OUR food pantry! Peace and blessings to all!...