HARVEST FOR HUNGER: October 1-31
Our annual Harvest for Hunger food drive (sponsored by the WMU) has begun. This year there are several reasons why it is even more critical that we help stock our communitie’s food banks. According to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)“Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.
Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
According to the USDA's latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 38 million people in the United States experienced hunger in 2020.
Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 12 million children live in food-insecure households.
Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger, including rural and suburban communities."
These people live in our communities, go to our schools and work with us. They are people that we encounter every day. As usual, there are two ways to help:
1. Bring non-perishable food (no glass containers please.) 2. Give monetarily to our church and designate your gift “Harvest for Hunger.” The food pantries can purchase $2 of food for every $1 that is given.
North Carolina MISSIONS Offering
The North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) is a special offering received during the month of September that supports the ministries of Baptists on Mission-Disaster
Relief, Church Planting, Mission Camps in Shelby and Red Springs, and Mobilization Ministry Projects.
The theme for this year’s offering is “Relief for today...hope for tomorrow”. It is based on Romans 15:13, which says, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Even during dire circumstances, God has filled our hearts with a joy that must be carried forth in love and ministry to others. We are called to bring relief to our hurting world through selfless acts of kindness and generosity. As you pray and sacrificially give to the North Carolina Missions Offering, remember that all your gifts support vital ministries that offer love and hope in the name of Jesus.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35