Many of us will be away during the upcoming summer weeks, enjoying time with family and friends. However, those who are struggling to feed their families, continue to need our help.
Summer breaks give our food pantry ministry a number of challenges.
Because many who bring food donations every Sunday to restock our pantry shelves are away at various times during the summer, the shelves can become empty very quickly.
Here are some suggestions of how you can help:
1) If you plan to away on Sunday, consider bringing an extra item of non-perishable food before you leave. Ideas are protein items, like pasta, pasta sauce, boxed macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, fruit or vegetables and healthy cereals.
2) Even if you are not away, consider adding an extra item to your usual donation to make up for the summer shortfall.
3) Do you have 2 hours/month to volunteer in the pantry? Could that possibly be a calling for you? There are lots of opportunities Monday - Thursday each week. Many of our dedicated volunteers will be taking vacation time in the next few months, as well.
We will continue to assist families from Carver and Greenfield during the summer, and plans are being developed to help children in need that are in the Chesterfield County Summer School program at Midlothian Middle School this year.
Added to that are families in our own community who are in need of help with food. As always, on behalf of all the families we continue to serve, a heartfelt thank you for your continuing support of the Food Pantry here at St. Matthias. We couldn’t do what we do without your help......and the faithfulness of many wonderful volunteers.
If you are interested in being involved with the Food Pantry ministry, please contact:
We are the “Hands and Feet of Christ”
July 26—August 2, 2019
We have planned another Wonder Voyage trip for the summer of 2019.
“The splendor of the Grand Tetons makes one abundantly aware that God is omnificent – unlimited in creative power. Join us on a missions trip or pilgrimage that includes meeting God in His “outdoor sanctuary.” Miles of trails and opportunities to view interesting wildlife, birds, plants, and flowers make this journey a feast for all of the senses. Experience how the Lord has put the “great” in the Great Outdoors, a journey toward splendor.”
Youth enrolled in 9th through 12th grade during the 18/19 school year will be able to attend and be offered financial assistance through fundraising and scholarships if needed. Please see Crista directly for scholarship information which is awarded to youth who have not experienced a Wonder Voyage trip previously. Fundraising participation will be mandatory for all youth attending the trip and funds will be divided equally between them.
Adults who are interested are welcome to join the group as well. You are expected to pay in full and will not benefit from fundraisers done by the youth. Although there may be times a leader may ask for your assistance in something, you are there as a participant of the voyage and not expected to have any responsibilities pertaining to planning or execution of the trip.
During the time of registration, which will begin in June, a $100 non-refundable deposit will be taken to secure your spot. Registration will remain open through September at which point we will move forward with our final numbers and planning for flights and accommodations during our travel. Final costs have not been determined yet, but that information will be more on track in the next couple of months. I will publish the information as soon as possible.
The area of Grand Tetons is a thriving community and the mission need is very different from other areas in the country. We won’t be in soup kitchens or homeless shelters, but we will focus more on preservation and environment in any service work that is needed. This voyage will be a spiritual journey like no other. Be prepared to find the wonder of God’s mighty hand everywhere you turn during the week and take home what the Holy Spirit gives you with each moment.
The St. Matthias Food Pantry was the recipient of a service project from a group of Providence Middle School students. They have titled their group "_YOUNG MEN ON A MISSION_". These students are chosen each year because of their grades and their leadership, and are recommended by their teachers. None of them knew each other at the beginning of the school year, but have now formed a "_brotherhood_" doing service projects to help those less fortunate in their community. They had collected 10 large boxes of food over the past few weeks and brought them to our Food Pantry to help with providing food for families in the community that are food insufficient.
What a pleasure it was to welcome them to St. Matthias and help them understand how much their efforts mean to so many others!
Looking for a summer reading idea? Consider Dreamland: The True Story of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, winner of numerous awards for non-fiction.
From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma, an explosive and shocking account of addiction and black tar heroin in the heartland of America.
Join the Kerygma adult study group Wednesday mornings at 10:00 until noon in Morrison Hall beginning Sept. 8 for a six-week discussion on Drugs and Addiction. Questions? Contact Ned Armstrong or Ruby McCowen.
Gently used clean clothing and gently used shoes will be accepted every Saturday: June 2nd, June9th, June 16th, and June 23rd at the Parish Hall Foyer at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. New socks and underwear will be accepted, also. Collection times are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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