Food Pantry Weekly, 05Dec2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 121 · # individuals served: 385 · # first-timers: 12 · # of volunteers: 34 4,687 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  “There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.” -George H.W. Bush As I reflected upon the life and death of our 41st president this past week, I ran across the above quote from him. No matter what your politics are, George H. W. Bush was a good man and dedicated his life to the service of his country. On one occasion during WW2, he nearly lost his life in service but was miraculously saved as God had other plans for him! This week also marked the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor where on Dec. 7th, 1941 over 3,000 lost their lives on that single day. While I know we aren’t necessarily putting our lives in danger each Wednesday, the sacrifice of time and service is what helps keep this valuable ministry going and even better, it pleases God! Even during this most stressful period of Christmas where the demands on our time is stretched to its limits, each of you come willingly to help those who need our help! We have also been blessed with lots of extra resources in both the form of finances and food drives. God is good! 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...

Food Pantry Weekly, 28Nov2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Last week’s numbers: · # households served: 123 · # individuals served: 408 · # first-timers: 19 · # of volunteers: 36 5,483 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -John 1:1 You can tell that the Christmas season is upon us with the lateness of this weekly update. With Thanksgiving over, we move into the busiest time of year. Look at the amount of food we received! A lot of that came in the form of a hundred bags from Sprouts filled with various items that people purchased when they shopped. It seems that even in the midst of holiday shopping, many people will take a moment to think about others and their needs. The pantry itself moved much more smoothly with the small changes that were incorporated. We also had an abundance of volunteers which we utilized to sort through the 100 bags. The chaos we experienced the two weeks prior was nonexistent so we were able to finish up right on schedule. That makes for a better environment for both our clients and our volunteers. Give God the glory! It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry! Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role! 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...

Food Pantry Weekly, 14Nov2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 144 · # individuals served: 514 · # first-timers: 32 · # of volunteers: 36 4,882 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. – Hebrews 10:24 If we thought the previous Wednesday, the 7th, was a tough night then this past Wednesday was off the charts, literally! We broke two records. One for the amount of people and households we helped and two, for the length of time we had to stay open in order to accommodate the first. It was both an exhausting and frustrating evening for both our volunteers and our clients. Without too much grumbling, the volunteers continued to serve our clients until we were finally able to serve the last client. Kudos to your perseverance and patience with the process. All through it all, even the last client was able to go home with food. All praise to God! . I’ve been giving the long length of the food pantry a lot of thought since Wednesday. Yes, we had to stay an extra 30 to 40 minutes past our designated closing time but I have to put things in perspective. We will be closed next week for a well deserved break for our volunteers so an extra hour out of my life this week so that others may have food to eat won’t really make that much difference. I also think that while we put our best effort forward to stage the entire Wednesday evening within...

Food Pantry Weekly, 07Nov2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 123 · # individuals served: 448 · # first-timers: 22 · # of volunteers: 33 4,489 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!    In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.  –Philippians 2:5 Ever have one of those times when every thing seemed to go wrong at once? I experienced some of that this week with aspects of the food pantry operations. From time to time we are offered donations of various items other than food and a week ago we were offered a used commercial one-door refrigerator. A couple of us went to inspect it, liked it and told the guy we met that we would take it but that we would have to arrange a way to pick it up. We worked out the logistics to pick it up the next day however apparently some other agency came that same evening and grabbed it unbeknownst to the guy we talked to! . That was very discouraging only to be followed by the news that the food pantry had run out of money and we still had bills to pay, specifically the Food Bank where we get a lot of our basic items each week. Hence, the urgent plea that was sent out earlier this week to this list to solicit some emergency funding. I hope you had a chance to read and respond to that and several of you DID immediately step up! Thank you! . Then Wednesday evening came and it was one of those nights that from...

Food Pantry Weekly, 31Oct2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 84 · # individuals served: 307 · # first-timers: 11 · # of volunteers: 35 4115 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!    The forecast for this past Wednesday was for thunderstorms to begin at 4pm, right when we open the front doors. And to be sure the skies looked ominous. I had been praying all day for the rain to hold off until we were through and indeed we didn’t get the steady rain until right at 6:30. God is good! . When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  –Matthew 9:36 . As I heard the story of one of our clients concerning his life and how difficult things had been for him through various events, it confirmed the reason why we do the food pantry. It is much more than just handing out food, though that is a basic need. It’s about fellowship with those we would not normally associate with on a daily basis. It’s about caring for God’s children and I see that mostly when you, the volunteers interact with the clients, one on one. There is no longer a division line between volunteer and client. We become friends! . Let me close by sharing a couple of passages from two devotionals I use every week: . Our world suffers not only from physical needs but also from spiritual brokenness. Jesus came to meet that need and challenged His followers to join Him in this work....

Food Pantry Weekly, 24Oct2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 97 · # individuals served: 349 · # first-timers: 18 · # of volunteers: 36  3220 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  “that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” -Matthew 5:45 Last week I talked about how fortunate we’ve been to avoid precipitation for most Wednesdays. This week we were not so fortunate as a steady light rain continued the entire evening up until we closed, of course! However, it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of either our clients or our volunteers. One client armed with an umbrella as she was heading for her car, pulled me aside and said she had always wanted to do this and promptly started singing the classic, “Singing in the rain”! That brought a smile to my heart. As you can see by the numbers though, the weather may have lowered them a bit. Although, 18 new clients always scares me but we have to always remember who is ultimately in control and who always provides. God is good, all the time and ……….. . Next week we will be open on Halloween so I’m asking all our volunteers on Wednesday evening to come dressed for the occasion although I’d rather not see any witches or goblins!  . It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry! Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role! Peace and blessings...