God's blessings for the Food Pantry Ministry continue to pour forth! Throughout the year, God's workings have reflected His Perfect Timing, His Perfect Provision and His Perfect Resourcefulness, often in unexpected ways.
What is “Perfect Timing”? It is passers-by noticing our food pantry banner and offering donations – exactly when we needed them! The pantry was blessed with six turkeys in time for Thanksgiving. The generosity of that family provided Thanksgiving turkeys for families who needed them.
What is “Perfect Provision”? It is having just the right amount of clients with just the right amount of food to serve them. And, God's provision serves both the food pantry and Shine in partnership between the two ministries.
What is “Perfect Resourcefulness”? Here's an example: We have a client who has been using our pantry for many years. As far as we know, neither his economic nor his spiritual status have changed over time. It is tempting to think that we are wasting our time with “Mr. Dahl.” Are we enabling him to misuse our resources? Or is something happening that we can't perceive? Our impact in Mr. Dahl's life isn't obvious to us.
Yet other clients who know Mr. Dahl have expressed appreciation for the help we give him. As an example of “Perfect Resourcefulness,” he has been a witness for proof of God's people showing kindness to everyone. Mr. Dahl's witness for us has softened the hearts of a few people who've come for help: It's given us credibility among non-believers.
The Food Pantry Ministry connected with new clients, new donors and other organizations this year. We have a liaison with Whispering Pines Senior Center, the hostel here in Cedar Crest and a pig farmer who procures fruit and will provide some for us.
We are so grateful that God allows us to be a light in His community! Let's see what happens in 2019!
Contact Barbara Fall to see how you can get involved or support the Food Pantry.
On Sundays, we have three options for Worship & Praise! Please join us:
- Outdoors at 8:30 & Indoors 10:30am
- Via live-stream at 10:30am on Facebook
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!