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Spare Change May 2016

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4 Reasons I love the Food Pantry Ministry

The people that work in our food pantry routinely comment on how awesome the food pantry ministry is.  All the other ministries at Oakhill are just as awesome, but the food pantry is unique in its awesomeness.  Unfortunately, right now we are short staffed due to relocation, job changes, schedule changes, etc.  We need about four more people each week to get back to being fully staffed.  Because we are short staffed we are not able to offer the personal care room every week.  Soon we will be losing our person that inventories and orders food.  As you can see—we need help!  The commitment is only once a month on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday.  I know everyone is busy, but if you can give just one Saturday morning a month from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., then you can be used in a great way.  Let me know if you can help by calling me at the church office or emailing me.  Now, here are 4 reasons I love the food pantry ministry.

  1. It’s a great place to share your faith.

The food pantry is unique because there is an intentionality with the gospel.  We are there to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the community.  We emphasize the spiritual needs of our clients greatly.  Not only do we have a message each week, we also sit down one on one with our clients.  We take the time to talk to them about life and pray with them.  Often these talks will lead to gospel conservations.  Our goal is to share the gospel which provides hope for the unbeliever and encouragement for the

  1. Everyone’s gifts can be used.

The food pantry uses a wide range of gifts.  We need people (caregivers) that can talk to clients, but we also need people gifted in hospitality, administration, serving, etc.  We need cart pushers and food box preparers.  We need people to make coffee and pass out personal care items.  Whatever your gift might     be, we can find a place for you to serve.

  1. There is a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy great fellowship with them.

Attending a larger church like ours makes it hard to get to know people, however at the food pantry we have people of all ages that come together to serve.  You will meet everyone from seniors to college students and our fellowship is sweet.  Every week the team enjoys just getting to hang out together.  Are your looking to connect with other church members?  Other than a 2:42 Group, there is no better place than the food pantry.

  1. It reminds me that it is not about me.

Finally, the food pantry reminds me that the Christian walk is not about me.  It’s about serving others and ultimately serving our Lord and Savior Jesus.  That is why we are called to serve in the first place.  I love the message of Mark 10:45.  Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  This is a great reminder that we are never more like Jesus than when we are serving.  Remember, it’s not about you and it’s not about me; it’s all about Him.

 We really do need help at the food pantry.  Right now, our number of clients have been down, probably due to tax returns and low bills.
 However, that will end soon as the summer heats up.  Please pray and consider serving in this wonderful ministry.  The best way to tell if you want to serve is to just show up and see what it is all about.  Come check it out the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday of the month.  The food pantry is located at 5122 N. Fares Ave. (off of St. George Rd.)


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Kids Happenings May 2016

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Hello Church Family,

Summertime is here!!!  As much as I love having our normal schedules within our
children’s ministry… I look forward to a break in the weekly repetition.  The month of May can be very busy for our families.  Field trips, class parties, graduations, ballgames etc.  I’m a mom and completely understand that we just get worn out and overwhelmed with everything that is going on in our children’s lives and look forward to a break that sometimes may seem to never come.

Sometimes I feel like I’m the world’s worst mom when it comes to over committing
myself and my family.  Moms and dads when you commit yourself and your children to things and you have that sickness in your stomach telling you that you need to say “no” because there is already so much to be done… May I suggest that you ask yourselves these three questions before you say “yes” or “no”.   (This may also be something you may want to reevaluate with your present commitments).

  • Will this commitment compromise our daily walk with our Lord and Savior?
  • Will this commitment have a lasting impact on my families spiritual well being?
  • How will my family glorify God through this commitment?

Proverbs 22:6 tells parents,  train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  I pray this summer each of us are choosing wisely to commit our children and ourselves in a way that is pleasing to Him and not of this world.  Thank you for the opportunity to love on your kiddos.

God Bless,


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