Did you know that by the 21st of each month, 90 percent of Supplemental Food Assistance (SNAP) benefits have run out for many working families? That's families across this country and families in our community. When I spoke with Jonathan Vandergrift at Plenty! this morning, he said they have seen an increase in people coming to the food bank for food and that Plenty! will have to plan for the increased food needs in the months ahead. What can we do about hunger in our community and world? We can pray for those who face hunger on a regular basis. We can keep doing what we have been and even think about increasing it: gathering food for Plenty!, filling backpacks with food for students to take home during the summer, preparing a Thanksgiving Community dinner and participating in ELCA World Hunger Programs. We can tell our elected officials to care for hungry people in their districts when making policy decisions. The ELCA is offering a way for us to put our faith in action by an opportunity to Pray, Fast and Act, especially on the 21st of each month. I will tell you about how we can do this in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, thank you for all you do to help your neighbors!
Will you pray with me? God of compassion, whose Son became poor for our sake: Help us to see the face of Christ in those who are poor, and in serving them to serve you. Give us generous hearts so that those living in poverty may have adequate food, clothing, and shelter. By your Spirit move us to affirm the dignity of all people and to work for just laws that protect the most vulnerable in society; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship pg. 79)
Billy and I will be at his family reunion in Iowa this weekend. We need someone from each congregation to lead worship with no communion (it's all in the hymnal and really not a lot of reading) and/or read some meditations on the gospel lesson. The readings are already prepared and I can get them to you today. I also have the prayers of the people available for each congregation. Please let me know if you are able to do this.
Oak Grove Pavilion's Stone Canyon concert this coming Saturday, June 24 has been CANCELLED due to expected bad weather. Oak Grove organizers are working with the band to pick a new date, which they will announce as soon as possible.
Zion's homecoming service has been moved to Sunday, July 30. We will have a joint service that day at 10:30 am at Zion. St. Mark's homecoming will be August 27, when we will have a joint 10:30 am service at St. Mark.
***REMINDER: The prayer service scheduled for this evening at Zion has been POSTPONED. I'll let you know just as soon as it is rescheduled.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. - James 3:13