R3 Grocery Ministry as described below

From the R3 Team
Greetings, sisters and brothers in Christ,

Did you know that for seven Saturdays during April and May, a few members of our congregation have shopped for and distributed food bags to the immediate neighborhood around our church facility? With the assistance of a $1700 grant from the Synod Office and funding from our Adventures in Ministry fund, we provided 206 grocery parcels, filled with FRESH produce and pantry staples, to neighbors and families from Hanover Street Elementary. However, the most important part of this ministry has not been the food, it has been the relationships that we have built with the community. 

Our R3 team desires to continue this program for the rest of the summer.  The team, along with volunteers, will provide support for a total of 12 Saturdays, from June 20 through September 5. We estimate that we will distribute about 30 bags per week for a total of 390 bags for the duration of the ministry. Therefore, WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Please prayerfully consider signing up to volunteer for one of the following roles.

Distributor/Greeter: Distributors will be at the church from about 9:30-11:15. Following safety guidelines, they will help pass out food bags to guests and engage them in short conversation. Some distributors may need to walk food bags through the neighborhood for distribution if needed. 

Other Options: If you're unable to volunteer in person, please pray for this ministry to build strong relationships with our neighbors. You may also want to consider supporting this ministry financially. Please note “Grocery Ministry” on your envelopes or checks. Thank you!

Please know that you do not have to volunteer for the entire summer. You may sign up for as many Saturdays as you wish. There will be signup sheets at worship, or you can contact one of the project managers.

 We will leave you with the following words of Jesus as you consider how the Holy Spirit may be calling you to this ministry.

From the R3 Team - continued

“For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35 

"Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

Thank you for considering how you can support this ministry!

R3 Grocery Ministry Co-Managers,
Deb Sowers, and
Russ Kaltreider,, 717-515-2630

R3 Grocery Ministries

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