Let me tell you a story...
Being the pastor of a church you don't get to do a lot of other things on Sunday mornings, except prepare for worship (especially if you have more than one.) But at Good Shepherd on a 5th Sunday we have only one service @ 10:30 where everyone comes and worships together. It a beautiful thing to see. But it also allows for more time in the morning than usual for me.
So a few years ago on Christmas morning a group of youth and their families were doing their monthly breakfast at a church downtown. I decided to go help out and it was amazing. We had alot of fun cooking together but it was also fun to see the joy on people's faces as they came through the line for food. There were other people assisting with getting clothes and checking on hygiene items for people. It was an amazing experience and really gave me a feeling of joy sitting with people and talking to them (and don't say it too loud but I prayed with a few of them too :) ).
Well, 2020 has been a year like no other for me. While not meeting in worship physically at our normal times it has given me another opportunity to go down and help with delivering food. I say delivering because there's is no cooking in a kitchen and people all indoors. The meal had become a bagged breakfast while standing sociialy distant from people with masks on this summer. But the joy of delivering meals, talking with people, getting them items from the hygiene pantry was no less wonderful. The need was still there and Good Shepherd was still able to provide meals 2 weeks out of the month.
There a many at Good Shepherd that enjoy this ministry and with your help we can continue to reach out to those who are going through hard times (and there are plenty of people who are right now) and not only give them food for their stomachs, but we can give them some love for their hearts. We are able to be the hands and feet of Christ to a world that has alot of needs. This ministry allows us to do our little piece in making a positive impact in the community around us. We do that not only with food, but by treating them with dignity while we do it.
Grace & Peace,
Pr Jamie Vannoy
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