Pastor’s Friday Comments (02.05.21)

While all of us have been affected by the pandemic, we’re all aware that the impact has not been the same for everyone. While some have been able to work from home, others have had to continue to work in offices, factories, delivery vans, hospitals, etc. in order to continue to make a living and to ensure that the rest of us survive. While some have had little or no adverse effect on their income, others are barely hanging on. And, most critically, while some have died or lost loved ones, many of us remain in good health.

As Christians, we are called upon to do much more than look after ourselves and our families. In fact, to take the commands of Christ seriously is to put the needs of others before our own.

Over the next few months you have the opportunity to alleviate some of the stress on families in our community, fulfilling the admonition of Jesus, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). 

One of our ministry partners, Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries, is on the forefront of the battle to keep distressed families safe and in their homes during these difficult times. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have seen a five-fold increase in the number of families served and seven times the amount of food provided. You have been very instrumental in that effort through your donations to our Fifth Sunday Food Drive.

However, a need that is just as critical for some families is being able to stay in their homes. NCM wants to partner with forty families that are in danger of losing their home or apartment if they cannot find additional resources. Through “Operation Save a Family,” NCM would like to help these families on a month-to-month basis until they can get back on their feet. Obviously, they need help from individuals like us to do that. If you would like to donate to that very worthy cause, you can get information here.

Another of our ministry partners, Duluth Middle School, is finding the same sort of stresses placed on their families too. Many do not have money for food or other necessities. The administrators are asking us to donate $25 gift cards from either Walmart or Kroger to help ease this problem. The need is great and the school’s resources for this kind of aid have been depleted. You can bring the gift cards by the church when we have worship, drop them in the mailbox at any time, or write a check to the church with DMS on the subject line.

Each day when you wake up with a roof over your head, food in the pantry, and in good health, thank God for your blessings. And then ask what you can do to help others.