“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. (Matthew 2: 34-35a)
Who hasn’t been hungry? I believe we all have, and it doesn’t feel good, does it, but for those who deal with chronic hunger due to their circumstances, either from circumstances beyond their control or from bad choices, hunger is an everyday thing.
We at St John’s Church take the words of Jesus very seriously when he said “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”. This congregation provides nutrient rich food and clean drinking water for many people through a sundry of ministries.
We support “Food For The Poor” which is s an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. This past year we provided the funds for a deep well. Which now provides clean water sources and hygienic sanitation for a community in Haiti. The support for this community is on going.
We support the Greater Orwigsburg Food Pantry with monetary donations as well as a monthly food drive for nonperishable food items.
We support the Social Ministry of the United Church of Christ by participating in the “One Great Hour of Sharing” program.
We open our church facility to Helping Harvest began our Mobile Market Program in which low-income residents of Schuylkill County receive nutritious produce, dairy and meats in a farmer’s market-style distribution. The Mobile Markets provides food once a month year round. All food is distributed directly to our hungry neighbors by Helping Harvest staff and volunteers of St John’s Church.