Uncertainty

A lot of things are uncertain for our community in the next year…who will be elected president? how will the economy react to the election? will we still be at war this time next year?

Many people are facing impending lay-offs or are anxious about paying all their bills as energy costs rise and incomes don’t increase at the same rate.

With all this uncertainly it was so good to hear last Sunday’s sermon – a reminder of God’s promise to provide! God’s promise that we don’t have to worry where our next meal is coming from is directly connected to God’s command to love our neighbors. At all times one of God’s children has more than enough to eat, and loving your neighbor means to share. When we feed the hungry we feed Christ.

Today and tomorrow volunteers from our church and community ask shoppers to buy extra groceries to feed the poor. Saturday it will all be distributed. But many months we don’t have enough to go around. This month I praise God for unexpected blessings! Yesterday I had a phone call from Tom Benjamen offering us 4,000 pounds of potatoes (that was 400 bags at 10 lbs. each) and 1,800 ears of corn. I hope that helps us to feed our neighbors Saturday morning.

Many families in our church and town are facing stressful times when planning their food budget. Many families don’t qualify for food stamps but struggle to make ends meet. There is a wonderful ministry called “Angel Food Minsitries.” This ministry buys food in bulk and makes it available to participants at almost a 50% discount from normal retail price. Each month they negotiate for the best price they can get and devise a menu that allows a family of 4 to each for about a week for $30. The food is ordered and paid for by the recipient at the beginning of the month, and the food is delivered to a host site at the end of the month.

The only site in Fauquier county is at Mt. Horeb UMC. You can submit your order to them by Oct. 5 with $30 payment and on Oct. 25 you pick up a box with the following contents:

1.5 lb. Ribeye Steaks (4 x 6 oz.)

4.5 lb. (Avg) Split Chicken Breast Family Tray Pack

26 oz. Heat and Serve Meatloaf and Brown Gravy

1 lb. Chicken Breast Fajita Strips

1 lb. Boneless Center-Cut Pork Chops (4 x 4 oz.)

1 lb. Fully Cooked Meatballs

1 lb. All Meat Hot Dogs

1 lb. Frozen Sliced Carrots

1 lb. California Blend Vegetables

1 lb. Pasta

28 oz. Marinara Sauce

48 oz. Hawaiian Punch

32 oz. Borden 2% Reduced Fat Shelf Stable Milk

12 ct. Corn Tortillas

One Dozen Eggs

One Dessert Item

There is also a “senior box” available for $28 that contains fully-cooked, prepared meals that are ready to heat and serve.

I hope you spread the word about the program to anyone you know who might need to stretch their food budget a little bit. This is restaurant-quality meat at a great price! There are no requirements for participants – everyone is eligible to participate, and there is no limit to the amount of food you may order. Those who qualify for food stamps may use them for payment.

I wonder if this is a ministry that we should start at WUMC? Are any of you feeling called to help feed the hungry and serve Christ in this way? If so, send me an email!

associatepastor@<nospam>warrentonumc.org (just remove the words <nospam> from my email address!)

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