Food Pantry Weekly, 06Sept2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

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My Scripture reference this week comes from Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Last night tested my anxiety level and instead of taking my concern first to God, I allowed myself to become overly stressed and I vented my frustrations. If we are to be God’s representatives then we need to act like it! And oddly enough, the anxiety was brought on not by the Food Pantry itself or even any of the clients this week but rather by some extenuating circumstances concerning the construction of the new ramp which begins on Monday and will take all week. As it turns out, we had a choice of either closing the Food Pantry or temporarily moving it upstairs and a decision had to be made immediately. Unfortunately, closing the pantry seemed like the best thing to do under the circumstances. Pray this project will be completed on time not like Mopac!

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As far as the Food Pantry goes, everything went relatively smooth plus we had a light crowd. The volunteers go about serving God’s children with grace and dignity. We have the most awesome team of volunteers! When I think about the thousands suffering along the Texas coast and those who are about to experience another hurricane on the east coast, my petty little problems seem so insignificant. Pray for all those people!

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Here’s the good news from all of this though! When we all return in two weeks on Sept. 20th, we will have a new ramp, a new freezer and three of our key volunteers should be back.

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Let us all give thanks to God, not be anxious and experience the peace!

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Thanks again to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients!

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This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 88
  • # individuals served: 285
  • # first-timers: 8
  • # of volunteers: 26

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 (nopaper bags please.)
  • 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 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 pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!
    • Wednesday morning 10-noon: we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce.
    • 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!
    • 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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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency

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