Tuna and TP for Jesus. . .?!?!

Hanging out with some donations for FCHUM . . .

When do you do your grocery shopping? Do you have a favorite store where you shop week after week?

I am big on routine. I like knowing where to find the milk and chickpeas and coffee and bananas all without having to think about it very much (or at all.) I have been shopping at the same few stores since we moved to Louisville over 10 years ago. I probably could locate Will and Jack’s favorite ice cream with my eyes closed at the Fern Creek Kroger. We certainly buy enough of it!

Are you the kind of person who makes a grocery list and sticks to it?   Or are you more of the type who sets off for the grocery store seeking inspiration?

I seem to be physically and mentally incapable of just purchasing what is written on my grocery list. So I am an odd combination shopper. I do both. I use a list and seek inspiration. . .

Do you stock up? Or are you more of a one or two cans of green beans will suffice – thank you very much – kind of person?

I am all about stocking up. I love stocking up. I am all about buying a dozen of something if it is on sale.

Do you faithfully use your reusable grocery bags or are you the type who is always leaving them in the trunk or sitting by the front door?

I am a huge fan of reusable grocery bags. Gone are the days of ripped grocery bags. No more cans rolling around in the parking lot or down the driveway. No more guilt of killing sea turtles. (Well – that’s not true – but I feel better that I am not using as much of this particular form of plastic . . .)

I know this is NOT a sea turtle – but she visited me in MY yard last year! I have a picture of this turtle. I have nary a picture of a sea turtle. I must work on that post-pandemic . . .

For many of us groceries and grocery shopping are a part of our weekly routines. We have our routines and our way of doing things. I go to Kroger and Aldi. You go to Mejier. Your best-friend prefers Wal-mart and ONLY Wal-mart. While your neighbor will only ever set foot in ValuMarket.

We shop exclusively from our lists – or we don’t. We use coupons – or we forget them every single time (that would be me). We love grocery shopping or we despise it. We go once a week at a set time or whenever we happen to be driving by. We budget or we are more blasé about it.

No matter how we shop – where we shop and when we shop – grocery acquisition is an essential part of modern life. Yes – food does grow on trees, but most of us don’t get our food that way these days!

I know . . . not a tree – this is a plant.

Shopping for toiletries is a pretty basic part of modern life too.   Most of us shop for our toiletries without thinking twice about it. We have our favorite shampoos and conditioners and soaps and toothpastes and when we start to run low we get more.

But this isn’t possible for everyone. Not all of our neighbors are able to pop over to their favorite store when they are running low on tuna or TP or soup or soap. Far too many of our sisters and brothers in Christ cannot afford to restock when their pantries are bare or when the shampoo bottle is almost empty.

Even after going away for two months on sabbatical my pantry had this much food in it. Talk about blessed and abundance . . .

The Fern Creek-Highview United Ministries helps us help our neighbors who are in need. FCHUM feeds our sisters and brothers in Christ. FCHUM distributes toiletries too.

The pandemic has greatly increased the number of people who are coming to FCHUM each week seeking assistance.

I received an email just this week reminding the area pastors that the need at FCHUM is great.

Filling Dorothy’s car with donations!

FCHUM is currently completely out of bars of soap – toilet paper – toothpaste – toothbrushes – dish soap – laundry detergent and shampoo.

FCHUM is very low on food items like tuna, canned ravioli, hearty soups, peanut butter, canned fruits, and macaroni and cheese.

Saint Stephen will be having a food and toiletry collection on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. You may drop off your donations for FCHUM at the glass narthex doors. Please wear your masks when you drop off your donations.

Renee and two FCHUM volunteers happily accepting our donations last fall.

I encourage you to share your blessings with others. If you are unable to go shopping please consider making a monetary donation to FCHUM. If you mail your donations to the church – I will gladly deliver them to FCHUM for you!

I had an absolutely hilariously funny experience last week when I set off into the world seeking to purchase some supplies to donate to FCHUM.   When I arrived at the store – I discovered they were having a great TP sale so I decided to go all in with TP.   I loaded my cart with TP. I had 10 packages of 12 rolls of TP.  I looked like “the nutty TP – hoarder lady!”

When I got to the check-out the cashier – did a bit of an eye roll thing at me. So I felt compelled to explain that I was a pastor and I would be donating the TP to FCHUM.

She sized me up. She was polite. I was a costumer after all – but I saw the doubt in her eyes. I could see that she did not see a pastor. She saw a soccer mom! So I unwrapped my scarf – pointed to my clergy shirt – and said – “Really – I’m not kidding. This is for Jesus.” (I had just finished recording my sermon for the week and much to my delight I was still sporting my full clergy garb under my hat – scarf – and coat.)

To which she laughingly replied – “Well – I’ve never heard that one before!”

You don’t need a clergy shirt to buy TP to donate to FCHUM. You can wear your normal clothing!

I look forward to seeing you at our FCHUM donation drop-off on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the glass narthex doors.

You are all in my heart – thoughts – and prayers.

In Christ and with Love –

Pastor Kerri

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