- Written by Nelly Sanford Nelly Sanford
- Created: 22 October 2014 22 October 2014
In the third chapter of Malachi, at the end of the entire Old Testament, God challenges us to “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’”
It always feels like those floodgates are opened when we restock the Food Pantry through the congregation’s donations at Thanksgiving. The Board of Human Needs is asking congregation members who are able to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to share with the needy in the Fort Collins community through Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank. Paper bags with giving suggestions will be provided on Sunday mornings starting November 9 and the following Sundays prior to Thanksgiving. Please return your bags at or before the Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve service on November 26. The following Saturday, November 29, we will meet to restock the food pantry of the Food and Clothing Bank at 9:00 AM. All willing hands are appreciated!
The Thanksgiving food offering is just one part of the Board of Human Needs' busiest season. The time for the Thanksgiving Baskets for Laurel Elementary’s homeless children is also approaching. Board members donate and use board funds to stock ten to fifteen baskets with Thanksgiving dinners each year. This year's baskets will be delivered to Laurel before school is out for the holiday. If you wish to make a monetary donation for this project, please mark the check to Saint John's for “Board of Human Needs.”
We are also approaching Christmas and the Giving Tree project in December. Keep your eyes open for the tree during Advent by the Welcome Center. Names of Laurel and Bauder Elementary children will be included on the tree. Giftcards are always greatly appreciated, too!
If these projects strike a chord in your heart, please consider joining us for our next meeting, for:
Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
And yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.Saint Teresa of Avila
Nelly Sanford chairs Saint John’s Board of Human Needs, which finds opportunities for the members of Saint John’s to provide a Christian witness by helping people in the community struggling with daily necessities.