As the new coordinator for the MCC Food Pantry, I have been busy with organizational tasks. Thankfully, the Food Pantry’s team of helpers contribute time and ideas to making this easier! We purged the pantry of food items past the “Best By” date. This left a lot of empty shelves so we put out a request for food to restock. Within a week, the Youth Group gathered enough food through the Scavenger Hunt to restock the pantry. What a blessing to get such a quick response to this need!
The next step: find clients in need of food. I was still thinking about how to go about this when God brought a person to us! A fellow team member and I were doing some re-organization in the pantry area. I said, “I’ll go ask Elizabeth about whether we should keep that item or not.” Footsteps on the stairs: Elizabeth appeared then, with a man who’d dropped by the church seeking help.
“Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22
What extraordinary timing! Mr. M. was passing through the area on his way to relocating in another state. He had a colorful--and violent--history. Yet I felt comfortable talking with him and getting to know his story. He stated that he was a new Christian and wanted to change his life. I encouraged him to seek support when he reached his destination; to get involved with a local church. We made a connection. He expressed astonishment at the help offered to him. Then he packed his motorcycle saddlebags with food and drove off.
This experience provoked some questions for me: By not confronting Mr. M's story inconsistencies, did I reinforce the concept that church people are naive and easily manipulated? Should I have been confrontive? Or witnessed more, explained more...how does one handle drop-in clients anyway?
God provided both a client and a learning experience at exactly the right time!
Click here to learn how you can serve the food pantry and what kind of donations are needed!
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The One to One Soul Care Conference will be held at MCC November 9-10. Are you interested in biblical counseling? Do you feel you want some training on how to walk with a brother or sister in their dark seasons? Please join us! Click here to register at or contact Elizabeth for more information.
Please note - the Sponsorship Training for the Wood Ministry will be rescheduled for a later date. Please contact Don & Ann Moore with questions.
Pull out your mixers and aprons! SHINE is looking for people who can donate cakes, or other desserts, for A. Montoya’s Fall Festival! Cakes can be dropped off at the church foyer Friday, October 26 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Questions? Click here to sign up to bring a cake!MCC is gearing up for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive! The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year MCC collected 230 shoe boxes to be gifted to children around the world! Boxes will be available this Sunday, October 21st, in the foyer and the final drop-off date is November 11th! It is a great time to start gathering items to bless children around the world!
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!