Please make it a point to be at worship tormorrow at either 9am or 11am, for the conclusion of our annual Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive. For thirteen years now, Shawnee has partnered with area businesses and professionals to contribute money to the West Ohio Food Bank, the primary source of cheap food for over 80 agencies in an 11-county area. The WOFB, because it can buy and sell food for pennies-on-the-pound is essential in helping soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and smaller food pantries keep their doors open and make ends meet on thin budgets. Not mention the fact, that hundreds of families come to the food bank every year for groceries, the vast majority of which are working poor who are one injury or sickness from falling dangerously behind in their bills.
Attend tomorrow, but some money in the offering plate, and 100% of it will go to the WOFB. We have expenses like everyone else, so this is always a step of faith for the church.
It's also one of the reasons I'm so proud to serve the Lord at this blessed place.
And if you live in another part of the country, or world, I want to challenge you to do something this week to creatively to fight hunger and poverty in your community. You could make a donation of money or canned goods to a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter. Your youth group could do what Shawnee's did so many years ago (the genesis of Harvest, believe it or not) and go door to door collecting canned goods to be donated to a local charitable organization. Or, go down the local big box store, buy a box of diapers, and drop it off at a shelter for battered women and children. Do something, and I suspect that you will encounter the living God in a real way. Feel free to share your story with me by leaving a comment on this blog (see below), or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
But if you live in Lima, Sunday morning, see you at Shawnee!
NOTE: Here's a link to post made by Dr. Ben Witherington yesterday. It's a great story of being recognized by Tom DeLay as being the "Kentucky Businessman of the Year". It's worth a read: http://benwitherington.blogspot.com/2006/11/god-gap-narrows.html