Samaritans Today! incorporates our prior stewardship effort to support our local food pantries like CAP, but extends that for more direct support to our community. We encourage ongoing non-perishable food contributions that can be dropped off at the church. We also need funding, so that we can supplement these donations and transform them into providing balanced meals. We are partnering with other local congregations to distribute food directly into adversely impacted neighborhoods. We hope to be able to join them, as volunteers, in the distribution as well. This new mission-giving opportunity will provide hope and support through Ark and Dove’s existing mission and ministry programs for both those within our church, as well as those in our community, who are suffering as a result of this pandemic. We want to transform your generosity into as many meals as we are able. No child should wonder if they will get to eat today. You can make a difference.
This is how we can be the Samaritan. For those who are able—first we must meet or exceed our current pledged giving. We have members that are blessed with continued employment during this crisis and acknowledge that there are those that can no longer contribute. We can be leaders in this time of need by maintaining and increasing our contribution to cover the losses. This allows us to sustain our church and direct our focus to the mission "feed the hungry." We do this by considering what we can contribute to Samaritans Today!
which helps us achieve a goal of providing the equivalent of 2020 meals in the next few months. At a minimum, 50% of all donations to this fund will go towards the food pantry distributions. Your contributions
will go a long way to making a positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. And finally, if you can share your time and talents, there are volunteer opportunities. Please contact mission elder, Cheryl Schafer, for more information. The Good Samaritan did not call for help, but rather stopped and provided his love and care first, then applied his generosity by paying the innkeeper.
When we all aspire to be the Good Samaritan, God envisioned us to be, supporting and showing those among us that they are loved, heard, valued, and supported, we will ALL walk away from this with our faith in God, and each other, truer and richer than before.
You will be enriched in every good way for your generosity….
- 2 Corinthians 9:11
Steve Debus, Joe Gray, Tricia Gray, Diane Johnson, Bruce Sanders and Doug Walcutt
The Stewardship Team of Ark and Dove