Give Thanks, Give Food!

I love this time of the year . . .the crispness in the air, the possibilities of snowflakes soon, the upcoming holidays . . . Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year.  And the food . . . oh, the food! Who doesn’t like thinking about all the plenty and yummy that we consume this time of year?
    For so many, though, this time of year brings added hardships . . . because of the crisp nip in the air, the possibilities of snow and the upcoming holidays, but mostly because of the lack of food. There is no “plenty.” The Ministry Center’s  mission statement is “His Heart . . . our hands. Sharing the Good News about Jesus through meeting needs in our community.”  Top on the needs list is food. At the Ministry Center, we are always willing to help our clients with their food needs, but during the last three months of the year, the need is greater than at any other time. Therefore, we are looking to the generosity of our church family to help restock our shelves. This time of year, as we give thanks, let’s remember to give food.
    “Give to him and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do. For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘Open your hand willingly to your poor and needy brother in the land’” Deuteronomy 15: 10-12 (CSB).
    During the month of November, our church will be holding a “Give Thanks, Give Food“ Drive. To make things more interesting, there will be a competition between the different age groups: Preschool and Children vs. Students vs. Adults. Who will show the most compassion and give the most? Food needed includes:  non-perishable items, canned meat or fish, canned vegetables and fruit, and peanut butter (24 oz or less). Food can be dropped off along the Jesus wall.
    As you are giving thanks this time of year, please don’t forget to “open your hand willingly to your poor and needy brother in your land.”

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