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Faith Ministry Stories

Being There

Posted by Joyce Getchell on

We’re all on the same team when it comes to helping others.

Faith is led by the Spirit to share God’s grace. We seek to radically share our abundance, changing lives through food, housing, justice, mission work and resource sharing initiatives.

For Faith member, Dave Fleming, sharing God’s grace is simply a matter of being there and listening to people. “It’s the old Boy Scout in me,” Dave commented. “We’re all on the same team when it comes to helping others.”

Last summer, Dave learned about “Faith Feeds Our Neighbor” and decided to get involved. Faith purchased vegetable plants using an ELCA grant and invited folks to adopt the plants, nurture them in home gardens, and drop off produce at Faith weekly for transport to our local food shelf. “I had extra garden space. It was one small task and an easy way to give back to the community,” said Dave.

In January, Dave was invited by Deacon Nina to be Faith’s Community Helping Hand Coordinator. After learning what was involved, Dave said, “why not?” As coordinator, Dave is responsible for checking in with Community Helping Hand with an open heart for needs that Faith may be able to help address. He then advocates for these needs as appropriate with our Faith community.

Dave is learning about what produce items are popular with those who receive food from Community Helping Hand, and more about what role we can play as a church in addressing food insecurity. He’s also dreaming of ways Faith can collaborate with other churches and civic organizations to respond to community needs.

Let’s all join God’s team of helpers. Together as a church focused on sharing God’s grace, we make a big difference.