Food Pantry Weekly, 29Aug2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 119
· # individuals served: 409
· # first-timers: 17
· # of volunteers: 34
 

Mark 4:1-8

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

I would first like to take this opportunity to thank Ernie and Marie Cruz for their many years of faithful service to our Food Pantry. Ernie, especially, stepped up in a leadership role when we needed it the most. This couple has been a witness to others, both clients and volunteers alike to the power of the Holy Spirit at work. You guys will be greatly missed but because of your service, you are leaving the Food Pantry a much better organization! May God continue to bless you going forward!

I choose the above scripture because it shows the extravagant work of God in all of our lives. It is never more true than what goes on at our Food Pantry each week. We put limits on God when we think there may not be enough food to hand out each week however in the over seven years of operation, we have never run out completely. As a devotion I read stated, The harvest is not up to the sower. The sower’s only job is to sow extravagantly . . . everywhere . . . all the time. The pressure’s off. The Holy Spirit will bring the return. It comes down to being willing to have a high fail rate while knowing you cannot fail.”

Our main job is to serve those who come with joy and hope and faithfulness and yes, extravagance! I think we must be doing a pretty good job because God keeps blessing this ministry, thanks to his seed sowers!

Peace and blessings to all!

If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we could sure use baby diapers and wipes!

Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.

WE NEED YOU!!

Come 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 Bob Weeks, Ernie Cruz 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:

• 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 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 evenings 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up, distribute food to our clients and then clean up! Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

• Wednesday morning 10am-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!

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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