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There are seasons in the life of the church where we pay specific attention to the way God has moved in human history. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is a chief example of an event to be cherished all year long, but it is right to have a period where... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Making Space for God & Others
I can hardly describe how excited I am for our church to be going through "The Story". Beginning the weekend following Easter we will launch into our 31 week experience as we read, teach and discuss the story of God's love and pursuit of us. Here some quick tips for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Making Space for God & Others
Wow, I cannot believe we are celebrating the beginning of our 8th year at the pantry. Through God's provision countless lives have been changed through the vehicle of food. People come to fill the physicial needs of their family but many leave with emotional and spiritual needs filled. We celebrated the life of one of our longtime pantry guests yesterday,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Living on Mission
She suffered through a childhood with an alcoholic father and later found herself in an abusive relationship. She met a man who told her they would be married within the first hour they met. Her lack of trust due to past relationships caused her to have obvious doubts. Now, after 7 years of marriage, they are making it all work... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Living on Mission
The first Thursday of the month anywhere from 150-200 families are given home-made laundry detergent when they come through the food pantry. The soap is made by volunteers from our congregation by following a simple recipe. 150 bottles of homemade laundry soap has saved over $500 a month from having to purchase store bought detergent, which can then go towards... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Living on Mission
She lost her job. He has a job but doesn't make enough to feed his 4 kids. She didn't get her child support check. She is off work due to an illness and only get 60% of her check. They are taking care of her sisters kids because their mom has issues. She is on a fixed income and can't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Living on Mission
Spring has finally sprung! We were happy to be able to prop the pantry door open last Thursday to greet 158 guests, including 8 new ones. There were 29 volunteers on Tuesday stocking and 61 on Thursday helping folks. We had a couple of guests riding their bikes in to get groceries because that is their only means of transportation.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Living on Mission
The following is a summary of the number of people that have come through our food pantry doors in the past month. March 8 we had 150 families including 16 new families, 24 volunteers on Tuesday and 58 volunteers on Thursday March 15 we had 153 families including 10 new families, 22 volunteers on Tuesday and 50 volunteers on Thursday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Living on Mission
"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?" James 2:16 Our numbers for the past 2 weeks are as follows: February 21 we had 150 guests including 7 new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Living on Mission
We had 131 families including 5 new ones on Valentines Day last Thursday. They were assisted by 12 volunteers on Tuesday and 51 volunteers on Thursday. All of the female volunteers were surprised with a rose to thank them. We could not go week to week without our wonderful volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please contact Deb Diaz... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Living on Mission
Our numbers continue to climb. On January 31 we had 178 families, including 20 new families. We had 14 volunteers stock on the Tuesday before and 65 volunteers on Thursday. Last Thursday, February 7 we had 158 families, including 10 new families. They were assisted by 21 volunteers on Tuesday, and 57 on Thursday. This past Saturday we were blessed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Living on Mission
What one thing can anyone do to help make another persons day a little better? Share breakfast. Studies have shown that kids who have breakfast are more focused in the classroom, have increased physical activity and are happier as well as healthier. Breakfast food are the biggest quantity of food that we give out. We always need healthy (not sugary)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Living on Mission
We welcomed 159 guests including 15 new families last week at the pantry. They were assisted by 19 volunteers on Tuesday that helped stock and 58 volunteers on Thursday. We have so many exciting things to tell you about that are happening at the pantry. On December 27, 5 large barrels and 4 small barrels of food was donated by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Living on Mission
I pray that everyone reading this newsletter is having a healthy and Happy New Year! We had 132 families last week including 6 new ones. Tuesday was New Year's Day so no one stocked that day, but we had 62 volunteers on Thursday. It is hard to know if we are really helping any families by providing food unless you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Living on Mission
December 30, 2012 After a snowy week we had 101 families including 3 new families at the pantry on Thursday. They were assisted by 49 volunteers. A young volunteer that opens the door for guests built a couple of snowmen outside the door for everyone to enjoy! It was nice to have a lighter week and have time to visit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Living on Mission
It is hard to believe but Christmas is right around the corner. We have been fortunate with the mild weather but the cold is coming. While people will be spending more to heat their homes they will have less to be able to provide food for their family. We had 176 families including 14 new ones come through Thursday afternoon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Living on Mission
December 1, 2012 Wow! Is it really December 1 already? I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and are getting ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord. We are putting up outside lights and planting bulbs for spring on this beautiful 60 degree day. I can't believe how nice it is outside. We are also counting our blessings. We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Living on Mission
We received some exciting news from Meijer. Our food pantry was picked to be the recipient of the Simply Give donation matching program for the Christmas season!! This will run from November 4 to January 5 at the Noblesville Meijer only. They have $10 Simply Give cards on display at the store which you pay for at any checkout. Meijer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Living on Mission
Thursday started out on the cool side but turned out to be a beautiful day. We saw 159 families including 17 new families. There were 20 volunteers on Tuesday and 53 on Thursday. We always need more volunteers for this large amount of guests. We especially need volunteers from 5-6pm so come on out. You will receive more than you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Living on Mission
166 families were helped last Thursday with food including 12 new families. They were assisted by 16 volunteers and only 42 on Thursday. We need more volunteers. If you are interested in helping, come on Tuesday between 9-12 and Thursday from 2 to 6. We are in desperate need of volunteers especially from 5-6 on Thursday as that is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Living on Mission
I would have never guessed 7 1/2 years ago that we would be seeing the numbers that we are seeing. We had 173 families this past Thursday including 12 new families. They were assisted by 23 volunteers that sorted and stocked on Tuesday and 59 on Thursday. We will be handing out flyers this Thursday after service and Sunday after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Living on Mission
Another busy Thursday with 162 families including 21 new families. Yes! That is correct, 21 new families. ,we continue to see new families that have never been to our pantry before that are up against a difficult time and must reach out to ask for help. We had 20 volunteers on Tuesday and 45 volunteers helping on Thursday. Our needs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Living on Mission
9/17-9/18|Monday & Tuesday|Paint, Mold, & a Snake, oh My! Team Appalachia eagerly drove 10 minutes on Monday morning to the job site of Carrie Napier, a 77 yr. old widow, to paint her 3 bedrooms and install paneling in her bathroom. Much time was carefully spent removing pictures of beloved family members and kick-knacks as we prepared to paint. Since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Living on Mission
All 8 ladies arrived safely yesterday after the 7-hour drive to Beverly, KY in the beautiful Appalachia Mountains. Their job assignment will be to paint two bedrooms, install paneling, and trim pieces in her bathroom for an elderly lady who lives by herself (and physcially unable to do this work). The ladies are anxiously looking forward to meeting the homeowner... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Living on Mission
September 17, 2012 Another very busy night at the pantry. We had 172 including 16 new families. Our numbers continue to grow and grow each week. We had 19 volunteers on Tuesday and another 43 on Thursday. I am so grateful that we are blessed to have a wonderful food pantry for families to turn to but so sad that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Living on Mission