Even though the calendar says June, there’ll be no lazy hazy days around First Moravian. Instead we’ll be cleaning, constructing and planning programs. The Spirit has been moving through this congregation, calling us, encouraging us to do ministry in our neighborhood. God has been putting people into our lives and ideas into our heads.
I am so pleased to tell you that we have been awarded an Eastern District Mission Grant to develop a new program called Green Light Food Center. Our building will become a hub of classes including nutritional education and cooking, seasonal produce distribution, and a safe place for our neighbors to gather and receive information.
Eastern District Board President Dave Bennett remarked, “Your proposal was especially engaging and impressive, as it provides for a lasting impact upon families and individuals of all ages who will benefit from not only emergency food distribution, but also from nutritional education. You have supplemented the old adage that says, ‘Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime,’ because you are now literally also teaching them how to cook the fish!”
Watch for things to be happening around FMC soon. First, we will hire a part-time coordinator who will help us plan and oversee the program. Then we will invite our neighbors to meet and discuss their needs. Once we’re up and running there’ll be plenty of opportunities for volunteers. It is my prayer that every member of the congregation find a place to be involved.
We are the Church; we are the Church together. Our Lamb has conquered, let us follow. Preach the good news. Be the good news.
Peace and grace,