Getting to know you for half a year and then for a pandemic to snatch the rug (or
should I say welcome mat?) right from under our feet is not what I expected. I have told numerous people who have asked about my ministry with you that it feels like I am going to have to get to know you all over again when everyone can return safely to the church building. Worshipping virtually has become painless for me as I've adapted to this style of worship and as I've grown to appreciate the extra benefits of streaming our worship online.
But there's just something about having everyone together that warms my heart more. It's like when you have a family get together for one of the holidays and only a few family members can show up. No mater how many folks are absent, there's still that void with even one missing. Perhaps that's another message we can glean from Jesus' parable about the lost sheep. Every single one of you is important to me just as every sheep is important to the Shepherd. I pray for you daily. I am eagerly waiting for the day we can all be to gather and rejoice. In the meantime, keep hanging in there. Feel my love for you as you watch the services online. And, one day, we'll be reunited...and it'll feel so good!
June 2020 - NBMC Little Free Pantry
In an effort to provide the community with daily essentials and encourage “neighbors helping neighbors,” New Beginnings Moravian Church in Huntersville, opened up its Little Free Pantry a year and a half ago.
Joining more than 50 communities around the country, New Beginnings’ Little Free Pantry can be found on their campus at 211 Seagle St., in Huntersville (just east of Hwy 115, off of Ramah Church Road).
“Take what you need, give what you can” is the mantra of the Little Free Pantries. There’s no need to ask for assistance, or register to use it – those in need can just help themselves to the rotating inventory of canned goods, toiletries, diapers, wipes, etc. The Pantry is open ‘round the clock, 7 days a week, and can, at the very least, fill the gap on the weekends when the local soup kitchen and food pantry is closed.
Don’t have a need for the pantry, but want to participate? Donations are gratefully accepted by the church.
Items that are always in demand are canned soups, canned proteins & vegetables, bags of beans, paper goods, and toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, etc. Please drop your donations at the church (at the top of the ramp) …and thank you in advance.
And, while you’re there, be sure to check out our Little Free Library, located a mere 20 feet away from the LFP. Our Little Free Library will celebrate its 6th Anniversary this August. “Take a book, leave a book” if you’d like…that’s what it’s there for!
For more information, please visit our NBMC facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NBMC-Little-Free-Pantry-110108630665464
March 2020 - Volunteering with Bags of Hope and the Emergency Men's Shelter