March 2020 Monthly Spirit
Hunger… That’s the theme for our Lenten Midweek services this year. Hopefully most of us don’t have experience with what it means to be truly physically hungry, though I imagine we’ve all experienced hunger in some way. In a world where it seems like our cups can be drained quicker than they can be filled to overflowing, the feeling of emptiness is probably not unfamiliar. Yet God does promise to fill us up, and then sends us out. There’s a lot of talk about hunger and food in the Bible. To name a few, God feeds Elijah in the wilderness; God again provides for Elijah, this time through the Widow of Zarephath; Jesus feeds 5000, is revealed in the breaking of bread, and is present at our tables. We’ll be looking at some of these stories as we journey through Lent together this year. For some of us, Lent is an opportunity to simplify our lives, to give up things, maybe even to fast. Yet for many of our brothers and sisters around the world and right here in our community, being hungry is not something they choose. It’s their everyday reality. This year during Lent, we as a congregation aren’t just giving up some thing, but we’ll be taking on something – the fight to end hunger. According to Feeding America’s website, in Beaver county alone, 17.1% of children are food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food and nutritionally adequate foods. So, throughout Lent, we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Center for Hope in Ambridge. According to the Rise Against Hunger website, 82 million people worldwide don’t receive enough nutrition. So, we will also be raising money so that on April 19th, with the help of Rise Against Hunger, we will package 10,800 meals. Scripture is certainly not silent about what we as Christ followers are called to do. Jesus said, “…for I was hungry and you gave me food… just as you did it to one of the least of these… you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:35, 40) Hunger is a big issue and together, we can make an impact. So please join us!
Blessings on your Lenten journey,
“If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you
offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness…”