Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 40
November 23, 2020
Dozens blessed from throw-aways
Not so long ago I received a phone call from a woman in the church. She works at MPS Enterprises, a marketing company. Frequently this company has food products for their use. What to do when the company no longer has a use for these foods? Well, this woman asked me if I knew anyone who might be able to use Turkey Breasts and Hams that might her company could no longer use. The food would either be used by someone or it would have to be disposed of. Do I know anyone who can use food? I certainly do.
Pam has an office at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church in Hoboken. This congregation hosted a feeding program for the homeless in their town. Since Corona, the feeding room has been closed. Instead of indoor feeding these homeless people are given bagged lunches for their daily food. The pastor there was sending out an urgent request for people to donate lunches.
In Boonton, the First Reformed Church of Boonton runs a food pantry. They get a great amount of canned goods and bread but are often lacking in fresh meats. I asked the pastor there if the pantry could use some meats. Of course, she was interested.
I carved the meats. Pam made a box load of sandwiches for Hoboken where dozens of homeless were fed. The remainder of the meats were packaged in zip lock bags and sent to Boonton where dozens of families received fresh meat. Such sandwiches and meat packs would not be meaningful to those of us with good incomes and comfortable lives but they can literally mean life or death to economically vulnerable people All of this came from one woman who could not stand to see good meat thrown away, MPS Enterprises, and a few people doing a few hours of work.
A few people with a few hours can make a world of difference to those who need our help the most. Let us celebrate this good work and find new ways to bless those who need our blessing.
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