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Our first "Purple Bag Sunday" was a huge gift to our Food Pantry! So far 48 bags of food have been offered, totaling to over 450 pounds of food! Because of your generosity, we are able to provide supplement food to families who we would otherwise not be able to help.


We were honored to host the Youth from First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. They learned about our pantry and also helped serve the 93 families who visited us during our "Second Harvest Sharing Saturday" on June 5th.


We were also thrilled to welcome back our friends from the Responsibility House. They have partnered with us for several years but due to the Covid Restrictions they were not able to be here. They not only provide support in the work, they bring an energy and joy!


And, of course, where would our Pantry or our Church be without the faithful members who work, who give, who share day in and day out!

"Let us not grow weary in doing good." Galatians 6:9

Thank you!

Pastor Jo

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This past Sunday we honored our Graduating Seniors. As inspiring as it was to hear their plans for the future, it was even more inspiring to see their resolve, their respect, and their joy!


I try to imagine what this past year has been like for the Class of 2021. So much adapting to uncertain situations, so much instability and controversy, yet each one managed to stay focused. Goals were not only met, some were exceeded.


These young adults are setting a wonderful example for the rest of us. They know the importance of community - those who will have your back no matter what, those who will encourage you, challenge you, and even laugh and cry with you... and those who know they can count on you to do the same.


We give thanks for these graduates and each family and for the opportunity to learn and grow together.


Blessings,

Pastor Jo

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My week started with the congregation singing, "Happy Birthday" to me before worship. Monday morning began with "Rainy Days and Mondays" twirling around in my thoughts. (I love the Carpenters and... it was raining... on a Monday).


As Monday progressed I found myself challenged with how I would live out this week sandwiched between Ascension and Pentecost Sundays. Does it make a difference? After all, I'm just one person.


And, as the day draws to a close I hear yet another familiar tune... "God Bless America" is blaring from a truck parked across the street. It is a beautiful rendition - one that causes me to pause and take notice. What I notice is another neighbor pulling up in her driveway after a long shift at the hospital. She must be really tired. In that moment I was reminded that we are called to be the blessing to each other - whether neighbors or strangers.


What if this week, each of us - just one person - vowed to live with intentionality, to share kindness and hospitality to just one person? You - One person… God not only sees you, God continues to whisper a familiar tune of love, mercy, and grace into your life.


I am praying for you,

Pastor Jo


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