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, 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!...

Food Pantry Weekly, 12Dec2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 111 · # individuals served: 334 · # first-timers: 16 · # of volunteers: 37 7260 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!  And do not forget to do good and to share with others,  for with such sacrifices  God is pleased.   –Hebrews 13:16 As the year is winding down and preparation for Christmas is winding up, we all must take a moment to catch our collective breaths! However, this past Tuesday did not allow for that as it seems that the Christmas Spirit is hard at work. I guess we’ll take a breath after Christmas. Tuesday was interesting because not only did we have our usual pickup from the food bank, we had two additional pickups. One was a food drive donation from a local business of 476 pounds and the other was 1750 pounds of oranges from a Rotary club. It was a hectic run for or team but they did without grumbling or complaining. Did you see the total amount of food we received this week? Astounding! . Then as I drove into the parking lot on Wednesday evening, the clients were already lined up longer than I’d seen before and my first thought was that this was going to be another one nights that would be chaotic. As it turned out it was one of the smoothest nights we’ve had in a while and we were able to close right on time! I know God is pleased with what we do and continues the bless this ministry especially with the best volunteers! Next week...

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...