Dear Tabernacle Family,
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays right around the corner, we at The Tabernacle Food Pantry are well on our way to help those in our church and community who have struggles in there lives. The holiday boxes are now called “Boxes of Love,” as the food pantry is centered around love, towards volunteers and clients. Our motto is ‘enter as strangers, leave as friends.’ Unconditional love is a hard training ground! This ministry has taught us the meaning of those words.
Jesus said, “I give you a new command, love one another as I have loved you. You must also love one another. By this all peoples will know you are my disciples,” John 13:34.
Loving people you like is easy, but how about loving those who use or are against you? Can you look past their brokenness and reveal Jesus’s love to them? Or have you put conditions before your love? “We will LOVE them if…” Are we as patient as Jesus is with us? We have learned our shortcomings at the food pantry as we must come to the place of surrender here. The truth is you must walk with Jesus to prevail here. As we enter this holiday season at the pantry and in our personal lives, it comes front and center. Who deserves our love? Who are we thankful for? As a follower of Jesus, we know the answers. But can we personally get there? Not without a close personal relationship with Jesus. Pray and walk with us as we enter this season of following this command to love one another until Jesus reveals Himself in a new and powerful way.
As you know, we are currently working on our Thanksgiving and Christmas outreaches. We will be assembling 600 food boxes for each holiday to be distributed throughout our region as an expression of Christ’s love. We want to assist anyone in need of food from our congregation. Simply sign up at the Welcome Center if we can assist you.
Finally, please know the door to serve in the Food Pantry is always open. We hope you will consider volunteering to serve Jesus by serving others through this vital outreach and expression of God’s love.
God bless you,
Lisa & Jim Delmont