I wasn’t going to attend church this past Sunday. My back pain doesn’t respond well to medication and I hurt a lot. But I wanted to talk to a few people and see if work needed to be done in the food pantry. So I went to church anyway.
As I walked through the Fellowship Hall, a woman called out to me, “Did you find the gift card I left in the food pantry?” No, I’d forgotten all about it. But it could be useful.
And then…a food donation of a case of peanut butter came in!
Then, I was informed of a family needing food and gas: right now; they were waiting. They hadn’t eaten in two days; were homeless and traveling out of state. Aha! The gift card would provide both extra food and gasoline. We could help them with what they needed at just the time they needed it.
What you can clearly see in this story is God's provision. What I haven't shared with you yet is God's perfect timing!
Let's start with the story of the gift card. Before Christmas, I wanted to help a neighbor who had lost her job. She is gluten free and vegan, making it difficult to find foods she can eat. The gift card idea was suggested by a church member as a possible solution. We made arrangements to meet in order for me to pick up the card. But I was late, didn’t have her phone number and missed the connection.
Sometime later in the week, she called me; said she’d drop the card off at church on Thursday. Neither of us remembered that the church wasn’t open on Thursday. Otherwise, I could have met her at church with a key. Another missed connection!
She offered to mail it to me; I suggested just leaving it in the food pantry somewhere. It made me sad and frustrated that I hadn’t been able to give the card to my neighbor for Christmas, as a witness to her of Christ’s love through our church.
Then a week later this family came and the card was there! Perhaps those weren’t missed connections after all! God knew a more profound need would present itself and provided for it…
If you are interested in serving at the Food Pantry or if you are in need of something through the Food Pantry please contact Barbara Fall, MCC's Food Pantry Coordinator.
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The Military Bible Stick is designed specifically to bring God’s Word to men and women deployed in the U.S. Military. It’s a small digital player pre-loaded with the New Testament and Psalms specifically selected for our troops. If you would like to support this opportunity beyond your regular giving, make a separate check to MCC, with “Military Bible Stick” in the memo. Contact Chris Willadsen for more information.
We have a terrific opportunity to spread God’s love and his Word to the international students attending UNM. MCC has been working with ISI for many years helping international students as they arrive in town for the new academic year.
Volunteers are needed in several capacities:
Picking students up at airport, temporary homestays, or helping with apartment hunting
Help at welcome center
Furniture movers, pickup and distribution
Prepare dish for volunteer/student lunches (sign-up sheets will be in the foyer)
These activities will run July 31-August 17, pick the times that work best for you. There are also opportunities that span the entire school year as well:
Assist with English program
Student friendship partners (meet monthly with student)
Please contact Vince Tidwell or Stan Schug for
more information or to get involved.
The door is open to share the Gospel in our public schools! Come and be a part of Bible Club! The trainings are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. either
August 4th at Mountain Valley Church
August 11th at Monterey Baptist in Albuquerque.
Contact Gail Salazar at 980-6890 or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.