6/4/2013: Pastoral Reflections

Pastoral Reflections:

I give thanks to God for the calling God has placed on our church for ministry. Ours is a ministry of connecting with our community in ways that God’s love is shared with others. I am happy to inform you of two ministries that have a direct impact on people living in our area.

Cuisine for Healing is a service outreach program that provides nutritious, delicious food for people combating disease and educates people about the power of healthy food. Cuisine for Healing asked our church if we could provide our kitchen for the preparation of the meals. On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Healthy Cuisine began to prepare the meals using a chef and two helpers. Volunteers then delivered the meals to the clients. The Outreach Food Program provides two healthy Certified meals per day, seven days a week for 4 to 12 weeks at no cost to qualifying patients. Working with Cancer Care Services, the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Texas Oncology, Joan Katz Breast Center, USMD Hospital of Arlington, Texas Health Resources, JPS Cancer Center, and local doctors, Cuisine for Healing has a waiting list for qualified patients to participate in this Outreach Food Program. Sue Austin is the president of Cuisine for Healing Board of Directors. She provided the above information in soliciting the church’s help. Our trustees approved Healthy Cuisine use of the kitchen and their recommendation will go to the Church Council for final approval.
Beginning on July 8 through August 23 our church will be a Feeding Site to provide lunch for children in our community. Through the Tarrant County Food Bank and in sponsorship with Pepsico, children will come to our church during the lunch hour. Western Hills Elementary School will kick off the program on June 11th and will serve the children through July 5, 2013. In addition to providing the lunch we will also work with volunteers to involve the children in activities that will enrich their summer experience.

Please pray for these ministries of outreach and caring. I am thankful for your willingness to serve and make a difference.

Here’s praying to see you in worship, Raul