Summer Meals for Children

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“I was hungry and you gave me food…” Matthew 25:35.   When Jesus’ disciples heard these words, they asked, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food?”, he answered with these words that have stirred the hearts of countless disciples down through the ages, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Disciples in PHUMC and St. Luke UMC will offer food to “members of Jesus’ family” this summer in these ways:

1) Serve a meal on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Luke UMC to children 18 and under.

2) Operate a Food Pantry on Thursday evening during the same time frame.

This effort is part of the “200,000 Reasons to Fight Childhood Hunger”, an initiative of Arkansas Presiding Bishop Gary Mueller for the entire Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. It has been estimated that there are 200,000 children in Arkansas - 1 of every 4 - who suffer from food insecurity. Bishop Mueller has challenged Arkansas United Methodists to address this crisis. During summer vacation, children do not receive breakfasts and lunches provided during the school year. Many are very hungry and lose weight. Families who struggle within the school year struggle even more during the summer. God’s love shared through feeding hungry children provides support to these hungry children and their families. Please join us in this effort!

MANY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR A VARIETY OF TASKS! Please join us for a volunteer information/sign up meeting on Thursday, April 20, at 12:00 noon OR 5:30 p.m. in C135 (across from kitchen).

If you are interested – but cannot attend the meeting – you may call Billie Rutherford (580-9132) or Lynn Lindsey (351-5449). Please join us as we reach out to “members of His family”.