Food Pantry Weekly, 04Oct2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies!
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Matthew 9:35-38
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35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

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As I gazed up to witness a beautiful Harvest Moon tonight, I thought of this passage. We were a tad light in our produce section with volunteers but as always the ones we had, stepped up their game! As our new normal of over a 100 clients coming to the food pantry weekly, I can’t help but think the needs are so great and we have such few resources but God takes what we have and gives in abundance.

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But the needs are so much greater in many instances than just the physical sustenance in the form of food, that it breaks my heart. One client mentioned that her daughter had attempted suicide and that she was trying to get her some mental help with limited financial resources. What other tragic stories are going that we know nothing about? Pray for this client!
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We had an abundance of flowers Wednesday night which always brightens the mood as I suspect many of our clients don’t have the luxury of buying extras like this! What a blessing to see smiling faces with a handful of fresh flowers.
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If you are sitting on the sidelines consider getting in the game and 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.
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Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients, our ministry and our volunteers.
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This week’s numbers:
# households served: 101
# individuals served: 292
# first-timers: 12
# of volunteers: 33
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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.)
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Financial giving is down as is typical during summer months, but our expenses continue as usual. Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at covenantaustin.org, or by check to Covenant UMC (“Food Pantry” on memo line).
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Would you like to volunteer in the food pantry? There are multiple opportunities each week:
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Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!
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Wednesday morning 10-noon: we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce.
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Tuesday morning: We need volunteers to pick up food at the Food Bank and bring it back to Covenant. You can do a ride-along with one of our current volunteers to see if it’s a good fit for you. You don’t need to use your own vehicle but you do need to be in good physical condition, able to lift and transfer up to 60 pounds. This is an essential task that must be done every week to make the food pantry work. Please help spread the word and let me know if you have questions. By the way, this is a great job to share with a friend: enjoy the company, get a little workout!
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And if you would like to explore leadership positions, please contact Pastor Stella at 512-346-3124.
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Bob Weeks
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twitter: @CovenantFood
email: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org
web: covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/
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