Food Pantry Weekly, 15Nov2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies!
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Philippians 2:4: Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.

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It was another great night at the Food Pantry! It was also a crazy and long and at many times exasperating night! I’m not sure whether to be elated or sad that we set an all time record for the most people served on a Wednesday, 127! From the very moment we started serving to nearly 7:00, 30 minutes after our normal closing time, it was a constant flow of people. I wasn’t even sure we were going to have enough food towards the end, however, God provided and though our produce was scarce, everybody who came, went home with something.

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I came Wednesday night trying to have a positive attitude and hoping I could maintain that the whole night but it soon turned somewhat negative as the numbers grew and grew and frustrations mounted. Anybody else feel like that? I have to constantly remind myself that it’s not about me! I try to picture in my mind of how Jesus would have handled things. I’m sure he had to get frustrated from time to time at the sheer volume of people with needs including food. Yet, he humbled himself in a servants role and did the work without complaining. Should I do any less?

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We are meeting some of the needs of our community and especially this time of year, we are reminded it simply is NOT about us!

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Thanks again to an awesome volunteer team!

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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 or myself!

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Thank you to all our supporters and as always, please pray for all our clients and for each other.

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This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 127
  • # individuals served: 384
  • # first-timers: 10
  • # of volunteers: 28

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.)
  • 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 org, or by check to Covenant UMC (Write “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

email: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

web:  covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency

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