Food Pantry Weekly, 30Jan2019

Greetings Fellow Foodies!  This week’s numbers:     · # households served: 121· # individuals served: 380· # first-timers: 13· # of volunteers: 424,755 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer and share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. – Romans 12:9-13 God has blessed all of us who faithfully serve in this ministry and our response is to bless others in need. And the needs are massive when you think about hunger globally and in that regard what we do may seem like a mere drop in the bucket. But we are not called to solve the world’s problems in totality, we are called to serve those in our community. I am reminded of the following starfish story,“One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then, smiling...

Food Pantry Weekly, 23Jan2019

Greetings Fellow Foodies!  This week’s numbers:         · # households served: 107· # individuals served: 364· # first-timers: 12· # of volunteers: 414,482 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”  you are doing right. – James 2:8 It always amazes me how much preparation it takes to pull off the Wednesday evening festivities each and every week. And it all begins the very moment the pantry closes as we take inventory for our Food Bank order for the next week. Literally hundreds of man-hours are volunteered every week! From setting up the Free Store and accepting deliveries Monday through Friday to planning and preparing food for our hospitality snack supper, a committed team works together on each part so that Wednesday evenings for the most part comes off without a hitch. And even if you aren’t physically able to be there, I know many of you are keeping this ministry in your prayers because none of this could happen without God’s guidance and blessing.  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!   If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we need more egg cartons, diapers and baby wipes and   MONEY!! Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.   WE NEED YOU!!   Come join our team! Or step up your current involvement! See below under What do we need, and if you have...

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...