Greetings Fellow Foodies!
Communication experts tell us that only a fraction of what we communicate is through the words we say. We communicate through our attitudes, actions, facial expressions, body posture, even the tone and emphasis on the words we say. When we serve God through our actions at the Food Pantry, we are representing Jesus to those around us including fellow volunteers. Although this weekly update is later than usual and I as I sit here composing this, it is Palm Sunday. I am contemplating the events of that triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus riding a donkey only to be followed shortly by his crucifixion and then resurrection! Jesus’ short life here on earth changed the world by the way he loved and treated others not just his words but mostly his actions! This is why we come and serve our fellow sojourners on this planet. We are really not much different than those who come each week. We are all in need of something but mostly what we need is relationship and for the short 3 hours on Wednesday evening, relationship is in full abundance!
This week’s numbers:
· # households served: 102
· # individuals served: 323
· # first-timers: 11
· # of volunteers: 31
Blessings and peace to all!
Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two.
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. Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.
What do we need:
· Needs list for those wanting to donate items:
o toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper, feminine products, etc.
o baby food, diapers, other baby items
o Men’s clothing
o reusable shopping bags (no paper bags please.)
· 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:
o Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!
o Wednesday morning 10-noon: we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce.
o 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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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency