Greetings Fellow Foodies,
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 it may have on our church but fear not, when I arrived, we were in full gear, never missing a beat!
God Bless You all, you are truly Saints!
As we enter the Advent season, remember that we will probably need some extra help as some key volunteers won’t be around every week.
- # households served: 107
- # individuals served: 318
- # first-timers: 20
- # of volunteers: 26
- 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.)
- Although giving typically goes up as we approach advent and the end of the year, our expenses continue as usual. Please prayerfully consider a financial donation to the food pantry which 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 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.