Feed the Need Success

Feed the Need was a great success, and there are two more to come! Last Saturday, on March 30th, Shalimar UMC and many other religious and civic groups in Okaloosa County, completed the annual Feed the Need food packing event. With the United Way sponsoring and Gregg Chapel AME church hosting, people came and worked in four shifts to pack and distribute meal kits to fight hunger and malnutrition in our county. The result was a huge success. They packed over 100,000 meals distributing them to eight different food pantries the same day. Our own Ken Winzeler, who volunteers with Sharing and Caring, brought many people to work a shift while Brad Bradford brought the Youth Choir members to work another. Altogether, around 50 people from SUMC helped out.

It amazes me, and I am always proud to see the enthusiasm our church people show when serving the poor. Whenever we have a community event of this nature, people know when Shalimar UMC has arrived! Many thanks go to Brad and Ken for their leadership and compassion.

We will soon have two other opportunities to show our love. On Easter Sunday, we will send a team once again to Lynn Haven UMC in Panama City to provide dinner on the grounds. You may recall that we served Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people displaced after Hurricane Michael devastated the area. For Easter, they are expecting a much larger showing. The cost of food is covered, and the crown will be fed by none other than Chef Heyward! If you would like to spend Easter morning celebrating the resurrection and serving these grateful folks, please contact the church office.

Sunday, April 28th, is Faith in Action Day. We will send teams worldwide to show what it means to worship God by serving others. Many have already signed up for projects we have organized, but there is always room for more. We want everyone in the church to sign up! We have work for people of all ages and all levels of physical ability. Please come by the sign-up table in the FLC to register. That day, our work will be worship, and our worship will be work!

We have so much to be grateful for, and God has given us so many opportunities to show our love and gratitude. Thank you, Shalimar UMC, for being the hands and feet of Jesus!
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Brian Dale

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