Food Pantry Weekly, 31Oct2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 84
· # individuals served: 307
· # first-timers: 11
· # of volunteers: 35

4115 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources! 

 
The forecast for this past Wednesday was for thunderstorms to begin at 4pm, right when we open the front doors. And to be sure the skies looked ominous. I had been praying all day for the rain to hold off until we were through and indeed we didn’t get the steady rain until right at 6:30. God is good!
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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  –Matthew 9:36

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As I heard the story of one of our clients concerning his life and how difficult things had been for him through various events, it confirmed the reason why we do the food pantry. It is much more than just handing out food, though that is a basic need. It’s about fellowship with those we would not normally associate with on a daily basis. It’s about caring for God’s children and I see that mostly when you, the volunteers interact with the clients, one on one. There is no longer a division line between volunteer and client. We become friends!
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Let me close by sharing a couple of passages from two devotionals I use every week:
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Our world suffers not only from physical needs but also from spiritual brokenness. Jesus came to meet that need and challenged His followers to join Him in this work. He prayed that the Father would raise up workers to respond to the needs all around us—people who struggle with loneliness, sin, and illness. May the Father give us a heart for others that mirrors His heart. In the strength of His Spirit, we can express His compassionate concern to those who are suffering.
 
And…..
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Living attentive to and alive in the presence of God—this is why we feed the hungry and clothe the naked and care for the sick and and welcome the stranger and visit the imprisoned. We meet Jesus here.
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Where do you meet Jesus?

It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry!

Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role!

Peace and blessings to all!

If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we need more egg cartons, diapers and baby 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, Nancy Bertolino 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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