• Multitudes

    • Shea Duncan
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    • May 8, 2018
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    Did you know that 1 in every 5 people living in the state of Florida has to choose between getting gas or groceries because they cannot afford to get both? In the Tampa Bay area alone, there are over 700,000 people that go without consistent, easy access to nutritionally adequate food.

    Over 250,000 of them are children.

    Calvary values compassion. We want to be a church that is actively demonstrating love and kindness to our neighbors, the hurting people in our own backyard. We believe we are called to do more than just aspire to be a light in a dark place; the Bible calls us to action. James 2:15-17 puts it bluntly: “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (NIV).

    Jesus had compassion for the multitudes, and His compassion led him to feed them. We want to follow His example. And we want you to be a part of it!

    Calvary Church partners with Church and Community Outreach to operate a food pantry at Calvary’s Clearwater campus to serve individuals and families in Pinellas County. We receive donations Tuesday through Friday from 10:30am—2:00pm, and food is distributed Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am—12:00pm. You can support the food pantry by giving non-perishable donations, volunteering to organize donations, or volunteering to distribute food by visiting https://calvary.us/local-missions-hurting/. Volunteering is a great way for you to live “on mission”! Recently, many of our Calvary family stepped up in a big way to make our Calvary Spring Food Drive a success. We asked you to help provide for families that ordinarily would not have enough to eat for Easter, and over 700 bags of food were donated! Here are two notes of thanks we received from people that were directly affected by their contact with the food pantry.

    “My family has been through some tough times in the past few years. I never thought that I would need to go to a food bank. As it is, I have needed the help. I have constantly been surprised as to what I have found each week at the food bank. I have found people just like me who need the help. I have found volunteer workers that truly care for my well-being. I have found volunteers that have become my friends. I have found volunteer workers that are interested in my spiritual life. I have found volunteer workers that want to pray for me and my needs. Thank you for caring for me and my family.

    With Love,

    M and Family”

    “I am writing to express how much my family has been helped by Calvary Church Food Pantry.

    I’m on a fixed income (SSI) and don’t qualify for food stamps. My grandson visits me every week, he is a growing boy. It is nice to make him dinner and still be able to pay the water bill. At Calvary I receive fresh vegetables, meat and bread so I can stretch my food dollars.

    The volunteers always make me feel welcome and they are very helpful. Thank you all so very much for this. What a real blessing you are for our community.” -B

    Meeting basic needs is a great way to help us share the Gospel with our community. Lives can be changed by one simple act of kindness and one small act of obedience. 5,000 people were loved in the Bible when a young boy with five loaves and two fish gave what he had. Think of how God could use you, with a few hours of your week and heart willing to serve, to multiply His kingdom!