During the month of March, St. Stephen Lutheran Church (along with many other congregations in the Marshall area) lifted up Minnesota Food Share Month by collecting donations of food and cash for the Kitchen Table Food Shelf. At the end of the month, St. Stephen was able to make a donation to the food shelf of more than 1,100 pounds of food, to go along with nearly $400 in financial contributions. This was nearly double what the congregation had donated the prior year.
The statewide campaign's theme was "Be the hero. Fight hunger." The pastors at St. Stephen challenged the congregation to donate at least 1,000 pounds of food toward this year's campaign. If the congregation would reach that goal, the pastors promised a "superhero surprise" for the congregation. Indeed, on Sunday, April 1 (a good day to do foolish things), the superhero duo of "The Incredible Captain Piety" and "Scripturina" appeared to deliver the announcements before the service began, before they revealed their secret identities to the congregation as the pastors.
The whole congregation was engaged in the donation process. Root beer floats were on the line in a contest between Sunday School grades to see which class could bring in the most food. The confirmation students went door-to-door in the neighborhoods surrounding the church. The whole congregation participated in a prayer asking God's blessing on the food, those who donated it, those who would distribute it, and those who would receive it.
We are called to do God's work in this world using our hands. This service takes many forms - supporting the food shelf and working to address issues of poverty in our community is one specific and concrete way we can respond to God's call. What other ways might you be able to use your hands to "be a hero" in our community and serve God's word?
Of course, the Food Shelf is active in months other than March. Please consider your role as a part of the body of Christ, and support the Kitchen Table Food Shelf all year long!