What to do when tragedy calls for action

You’re probably grateful (as I am) that there has been a change this week in the tragic border situation taking place in our country.  The separation of young children from their parents is devastating, no matter what you think about the legal issues involved.  However, there’s another tragic situation taking place right here in our community.  It’s called “food insecurity.”

That’s a nice way of saying “hunger.”  Yep, in the shadow of the capitol of the most powerful nation on the earth lurks hunger.  Young kids, who often look very much like those who’ve been seen on the news lately, come home to empty pantries.  They go to bed hungry.  They get the majority of their nutritional needs met thru programs at their local public schools.

But school is out.  And many families are hard pressed to feed themselves.  Parent(s) are struggling to meet the rising costs of living in this expensive county.

This is where it’s crystal clear HOW we can help. With the immigration mess it’s often not clear what average citizens can do to make a difference.  But when it comes to food insecurity, it’s quite clear.

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10

We are proud to partner with Gaithersburg HELP in their phenomenal work to provide temporary, emergency food supplies to families and individuals right here in our city and community.

This year Seneca Creek has set a goal of collecting 400 bags of groceries during the month of June to restock the shelves of this important ministry.  (That’s 100 more bags than last year’s goal)  As of the time I’m writing this we have collected 132 bags.  That’s one third of our goal.  Which means we have two thirds to go.  AND, we have just one Sunday left.

One Sunday to collect 268 bags.  Yikes!

By comparison, last year, with one week to go, we still needed 212 bags.  And we MADE it!

So I’m asking you to consider joining my family in bringing an abundance of food for those who are dealing with a scarcity.  I’m inviting you to be part of a church that takes action when the opportunity presents itself.  I’m asking you to help us make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community.

212 bags.  I’m in for the first 12.  Will you commit to being part of the last 256?

Here’s a list of items that we’re trying to collect.

  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Canned tomato products with no added sugar or salt
  • Canned fruit (in juice)
  • Canned tuna/salmon in water
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned chili
  • Canned beans
  • Dried beans
  • Nut butters
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa, buckwheat and other whole grains
  • Whole-wheat pasta
  • Rolled oats and plain instant oatmeal
  • Low sugar, high fiber cereal
  • Baby diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vegetarian items (soups, chili)
  • Baby food/cereals
  • Infant formula

And then let’s love our neighbors in practical ways this week.  I can’t wait to see how God shows up in this church!

-Pastor Mark

P.S. If you find yourself facing food insecurity in your own home, please contact our office.  We definitely want to help you while we’re helping others in our community.

P.P.S. If you need to drop off grocery bags on a day other than Sunday we are open from 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.  Additionally the building is open some evenings for scheduled events. Call ahead for details.

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