These past 16 months have presented all of us with so many different and varied challenges – haven’t they?
Most of us had to dig deep in some way.
Some folks experienced loneliness and isolation. Covid-19 quarantines asked all of us to limit quite dramatically the number of people we spent time with. Some folks went weeks – even months without seeing their family members and friends. There were long – lonely months for many.
Some families experienced the stress of seriously intense family togetherness. Parents and grandparents suddenly became educators – playmates – counselors – chefs – coaches – companions – activity directors – and so much more. All while trying to work from home or from the office. Some days the juggling was exhausting and stressful. Some days just felt overwhelming.
We all missed our friends. We missed our sisters and brothers in Christ. We missed casual conversations. We missed feeling safe around people outside of our Covid-19 “bubbles.”
There were missed holidays – graduations – proms – promotions – vacations and family gatherings.
Worship services were canceled. Vacation Bible school was canceled. The Kentucky Derby was moved. Thunder Over Louisville was “virtual.”
Most of us are weary of Zooming and Google Meeting and being agile and adapting and social distancing and masking.
We all missed so much. It was hard and stressful and exhausting. Our patience is wearing thin. Or perhaps it is just plain gone . . .
For the folks working and volunteering at the Fern Creek-Highview United Ministries the past 16 months have presented all sorts of challenges – hurdles and stresses too. The need for food assistance and help with toiletry items in our community increased dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Month after month FCHUM saw record numbers of folks who needed their – OUR help.
Month after month the folks at FCHUM helped. They faithfully and lovingly moved mountains of nutritious food from their shelves into our neighbors’ homes. They answered Jesus’ call to feed his sheep (The Gospel of John 21).
FCHUM has been caring for God’s beloved children throughout the pandemic. They have been sharing God’s love. They have been feeding our neighbors and offering them the dignity of those toiletry items we are all so quick to take for granted.
When was the last time you paused to give thanks for shampoo? Or TP? Or a bar of soap or a bottle of dish soap?
I doubt – if we are honest – in most of our homes and lives that we give much thought to a bar of soap or dish soap or TP (as long as there aren’t shortages caused by hoarding). These are simply the essentials of modern life. We use them. When we need more – we purchase our favorite brands and go about our daily lives.
This isn’t the case for everyone. Not everyone can afford that bottle of shampoo or that pack of TP we purchase without batting an eye. Some of our neighbors don’t have the income to pay for dish soap or toothpaste and government assistance doesn’t help with these items.
When I receive the “needs list” from FCHUM each month they always need toiletries. They always needs toothpaste and toothbrushes. Deodorant and TP. Dish soap – laundry soap – and bars of soap. Shampoo and razors.
Thank you for your donations in May. Thank you for thinking of others.
We collected 246 rolls of TP – 27 bottles of shampoo – 51 bars of soap – 43 toothbrushes – 26 tubes of toothpaste – 12 sticks of deodorant – 12 razors and 21 containers of assorted cleaning supplies.
Thank you for sharing your blessings with others.
In June we are shifting our focus to kid friendly foods. FCHUM is asking us to have a laser focus this month and so we will collect peanut butter and macaroni and cheese.
Please join us in answering Jesus’ call to ALL of his disciples to feed those who are in need.
You may place your donations on the table in the narthex.
You are all in my heart – thoughts – and prayers.
In Christ and with Love –