Good afternoon friends,
I just wanted to take a moment and reflect on this past weekend, the trauma each of you, as well as those in our community has gone through, and how we will move in the days and weeks ahead.
It cannot and should not be downplayed; We all mourn the losses we’ve experienced over the past few days. Each one of us has been touched by this earthquake, and are all coming to terms with what the next step will look like for us. In these moments of grief and struggle, as your pastor, I want to encourage us as a church to look outside our own grief and find a way to unite and meet the needs of those struggling in far darker ways right around us.
Now, there are countless ways we can do this, and I am so encouraged by the stories and examples you’ve already given and shown, however I have one specific way I would like to invite you to help.
A need has been presented to me by a local organization that works with foster children who are over 18. Because of their age, they have been moved out of the foster care system, but are now adults without any form of support system.
This organization, Voices, is tireless working to provide them with the resources to begin a life that includes a steady steady job, healthcare, and support. These are good people, and they are doing incredibly important work.
This is where our church comes in. Because Voices works with so many young men and women, they come into regular contact with those with needs- especially post-quake. Part of their care is providing emergency groceries to aid those without consistent food.
Living Vine, you and I can help meet this basic need! Scripture commands us to care for the orphan and the widow. This is what I am calling us to do.
Here’s what I would like for Living Vine to do:
Bring food to church over the coming two Sundays, and as the food comes in, I’ll be taking it directly to Voices.
What food do we need?
At this point, I want to ask you all to bring non-perishables (canned fruits, veggies, boxed noodles, mac n cheese, water, etc)
As this conversation between us unfolds, new needs might be shared, and we’ll adjust accordingly.
The pastor, Tim Keller once wrote:
“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.”
Friends, this is why we are here; to sit with our community in the midst of suffering, but to point towards the hope of Christ and his coming Kingdom.
I look forward to watching how our church steps up to meet this need.
Peace to you,
PS: If you don’t call Living Vine home, but would like to provide assistance to meet this need, feel free to mail a check to:
3305 Linda Vista Ave
Napa California 94558
Include full name, and place Food Drive in memo line. We’ll make sure you receive a giving statement for your generosity.