Food Pantry Weekly, 22Nov2017

Greetings Foodies! . Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Last night was joyful. So many wishes of Happy Thanksgiving and asking What are you doing tomorrow? People talking about their families and friends. So many act like Wednesday night at the Food Pantry is a big family gathering. And I suppose it is. All this against a background of poverty and need. I talked to one client who was desperate, literally terrified of what lay around the corner. So the world hasn’t changed. Yet so many, for this day at least, joyful. We can do this. One day at a time. One person at a time. Be thankful for each other and for God’s grace. . 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 Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella.  Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients. . This week’s numbers: # households served: 89 # individuals served: 306 # first-timers: 21 # of volunteers: 33 . What do we need: Needs list for those wanting to donate items: toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper, feminine products, etc. baby food, diapers, other baby items reusable shopping bags (no paper bags please.) Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at covenantaustin.org, or by check to Covenant UMC (“Food Pantry” on memo line). Would you like to volunteer in the food pantry? There are multiple opportunities each week: Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm the...

Food Pantry Weekly, 08Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies, . 1 Peter 2:9 But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give him praise. God brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light. It was a dark, cold and dreary evening outside, but it didn’t stop those in need from coming anyway. It was another great night inside, full of warmth and fellowship and joy as we gather with the saints. Who are the saints? It’s you who read this post! It’s Sharon, the nurse cultivating relationships in the form of taking blood pressure . It’s those who work tirelessly either distributing food or picking up food. It’s those who pray for our clients to those who help carry out the abundance of food to cars. It’s those who come early to prepare the snack supper to those who set-up our Free Store. It’s the joy I see when for just a few moments each Wednesday evening, we all join together from entirely different walks of life and share with each other. We truly see the Christ who dwells in each of us, connecting on a spiritual level. We have just come from a Sunday where we heard the news about the church shooting just down the road and yet fearlessly, we continue to fling open our doors wide to let the world see what the church is really all about. I know for one, the feelings I first had when I heard that news and was somewhat afraid of the effect...

Food Pantry Weekly, 01Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! 2 Timothy 4:7-8  “ I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.” I was thinking about my beloved Astros after having suffered through 55 years of futility, finally captured the World Series championship Wednesday night! I have suffered with them as a fan for all of those years. They finished the race and I feel like I was a critical part by cheering them on in the mostly bad times and in the good times. . What does this have to do with the Food Pantry? For over six and a half years now, you the volunteers continue the race. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate hunger needs not grow the numbers however the numbers continue to grow! Sometimes it feels like a hopeless cause but I believe what we are providing besides the food IS hope! . So I speak to you about motives. The Astros and all other baseball teams have the same goal each spring, make it to and win the World Series! I have heard many of the Astro players say they did it not just for the championship ring but for the people of Houston and all others affected by Hurricane Harvey. In other words, they had a...

Food Pantry Weekly, 25Oct2017

Greetings my fellow foodies! 1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. It was another crazy but good week at the Food Pantry. It seems that crazy and numbers over 100 are now the new normal. I was thinking about this Civil Rights test  we all must take as a requirement from the Feds. I don’t really know why we have to take this because I know at our food pantry, we could care less about your ethnicity, disability, gender, national origin or age, Read the scripture above, Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to treat everyone the same, with love! You can’t force someone to care or make them not be prejudice without Christ. We do a great job of doing this and I encourage you to continue! The reason I encourage you is because I know that things can get a little out of control from time to time and whether it be people or our system, frustration can rear its ugly side. Despite those things, what I see is personalities overcoming that and still be the hands and feet of Christ. The need is great and I’ll keep...

Fodd Pantry Weekly, 18Oct2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! . Matthew 14:19-21 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. . We had the second highest total (115) ever this week and so I thought about this passage. It seems that we have always had enough food to distribute on any given week. This is how God’s economy works! As this ministry continues to grow in numbers, so far we have met the challenge but only by Gods blessing. . Friends, at some point a tsunami will occur on Wednesday and we will have to trust in God more than ever. The mere fact that we handle the traffic we have now is nothing less than a miracle. We have an awesome volunteer team! . 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 Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella. . Thank you  to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients. . This week’s numbers: # households served: 115 # individuals served: 326 # first-timers: 21 # of volunteers: 30 What do we need: Needs list for those wanting to donate items : toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush,...

Food Pantry Weekly, 11Oct2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies, . 2 Timothy 1:8 states: Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God. . I don’t often find myself quoting the Pope however I agree with his statement, “Christianity is not a school of ideas or a collection of beautiful temples and lovely art; it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him every day!” . Every month I go and read to my blind friend. She subscribes to a newsletter called “The Voice of the Martyrs” and that is what I read. It tells of the many stories of the persecution of Christians in other countries. Many are heart wrenching as families watch their loved ones face unspeakable torture even to death for standing up for their faith in Christ! . Why am I starting this food pantry weekly with this? It’s because it occurred to me that even though we may just be seen as a place to come get some free food by some, we are offering Christ to many by the love and prayers we share. Yes, it’s a lot of hard work to put this “show” on every week but each and every one of us volunteers must ask ourselves what our true motives are to spend all this time if all we care about is handing out food. We are putting our faith into action! You are saying to the world, Christ is real and I’m standing up for HIM! That’s worth so much...