Food Ministry

This is a relatively new ministry to us, developed since the end of 2005 in response to a time of prayer in the congregation when we sought God's guidance for how we might serve our community, particularly its poor.

Volunteers bag food each Wednesday at 4:30 pm. The ministry is open from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We offer a weekly devotion at 5:30 pm each Wednesday, before the food distribution begins. Besides food, we also give clothing and other donated items.

A special goal of the ministry is that we minister clearly in the name of Jesus Christ and as an expression of His care for people. The ministry considers those who come as part of the congregation and seeks to develop relationships as a person might with any congregation member.

We have given out free Bibles, Portals of Prayer, other tracts, and handouts for children. A colorful card with a Scripture passage and an encouraging thought is placed in one of the bags each person receives. We receive prayer requests weekly. The ministry helpers honor those requests before the end of that day, and we offer similar prayers on Sundays during the worship service.

You can help by:

1. Keeping the ministry in your prayers (you can become a Prayer Partner through the Food Ministry's Internet Prayer Chain or signing up in the narthex).

2. Filling bags, 4:30 - 6:00 pm on Wednesdays, and/or helping to distribute the food Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

3. Contributing money, marking checks "Food Ministry," and/or contributing to the first Sunday of each month special Sunday School offering for the Food Ministry. You may also participate in the special Food Ministry Door Offering on the third Sunday of each month.

4. Depositing canned or packaged food in the narthex collection box. Cereal is one of the most expensive items to buy for the ministry. We give out as many as 100 boxes a week, one per family.

5. Placing clean plastic bags in the box on a regular basis (we use well over 100 each week).

To learn more about how you can help, call or email the church office.

This ministry is a living expression of the congregation's Mission Statement:

Concordia Seeks the lost And Feeds the Bread of Life to Everyone.