Food Pantry Weekly, 11Oct2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies,
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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.
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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!”

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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!
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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 more than the thousands of pounds of groceries we hand out each week. The reason this pantry is so successful is that God is using it for his glory! Keep up the fantastic work!
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We had another busy evening although we ended up with less than a hundred families, only 98 and now we think that’s a slow night!
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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.
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This week’s numbers:
  • # households served: 98
  • # individuals served: 285
  • # first-timers: 13
  • # of volunteers: 29

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 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).
  • 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.
Bob Weeks
twitter: @CovenantFood
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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank
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