Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grace Chapel's Bread of Life ministry thanks all who have so generously given to help those in need. You have been a blessing!

The items we are most in need of right now are:

Peanut butter
Jelly
Soup
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit

Of course, at this time of year we can also use boxes of stuffing, turkey gravy, mashed potato mixes, and other Thanksgiving-specific food.  

Below are lists of standard items needed. There are also links below to local grocery store ads.  Food can be dropped off in the donation bins at Grace Chapel. If you prefer to assist financially, just make your check payable to Grace Chapel and note "Bread of Life" in the memo section; we'll do the shopping!

ITEMS NEEDED FOR FAMILY & INDIVIDUAL FOOD BOXES:
Cases of bottled water
Kraft Mac N’ Cheese
spaghetti
spaghetti sauce
soup
rice
beans
canned chili
peanut butter
jelly
cereal
canned tuna, chicken, and salmon
saltine crackers
canned veggies
canned fruit
deodorant
bars of soap
toothbrushes



ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS
pop-top canned meats
  (Chili, Beanie Weanies, ravioli, Vienna sausages, etc.)
peel-top desserts
peel-top fruit cups
peel-top applesauce cups
pop-top tuna
saltines
bottled water
individual bags of chips
plastic spoons (the sturdier the better)
toothbrushes
Chapstick / lip balm
travel-size soap
travel-size lotion
socks
wash cloths
hand towels


CLICK FOR WEEKLY ADS


Bashas'


Fry's


Safeway


Big Lots

Albertson's

Friday, July 30, 2010

Grace Chapel's Bread of Life ministry thanks all who have so generously given to help those in need. You have been a blessing!  Thanks to you, since January we have given out over 60 boxes of food to individuals and families (both inside and outside Grace Chapel) and well over 100 bags of food and toiletries to the homeless.

In May we linked hands with John St. Clair's team from Grace Chapel.  On a weekly basis they visit various parks and apartment buildings in the Scottsdale area to bring the Gospel - the true Bread of Life - to lost and hurting people, many of whom also need food for their bodies.  We provide the physical food; John's team provides the spiritual food.  Many, many souls have been won to Christ through this dedicated team.

WE NEED FOOD!

If you would like to donate to the Bread of Life Ministry, below are lists of needed items that you can drop off in the food bins at Grace Chapel. There are also links to local grocery store ads. If you prefer to assist financially, just make your check payable to Grace Chapel and note "Bread of Life" in the memo section; we'll do the shopping!

If you would like to join John St. Clair's team in spreading the Gospel, you can reach him at: 480-202-5445.  Their outreach is scheduled for most Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  (Call in advance.)

ITEMS NEEDED FOR FAMILY & INDIVIDUAL FOOD BOXES:
Cases of bottled water
Kraft Mac N’ Cheese
spaghetti
spaghetti sauce
soup
rice
beans
canned chili
peanut butter
jelly
cereal
canned tuna, chicken, and salmon
saltine crackers
canned veggies
canned fruit
deodorant
bars of soap
toothbrushes


ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS
pop-top canned meats
   (Chili, Beanie Weanies, ravioli, Vienna sausages, etc.)
peel-top desserts
peel-top fruit cups
peel-top applesauce cups
pop-top tuna
saltines
bottled water
individual bags of chips
plastic spoons (the sturdier the better)
toothbrushes
Chapstick / lip balm
travel-size toothpaste
travel-size soap
travel-size lotion
socks
wash cloths
hand towels


CLICK FOR WEEKLY ADS
Bashas'
Fry's
Albertson's
Safeway
Big Lots


















Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January Food Donation Acceleration

The Bread of Life ministry thanks all those who have so generously given food to help those in need. You have been a blessing!

In January we are hosting a Food Donation Acceleration, asking everyone to become involved in bringing in as much food and cases of water as possible for the Bread of Life pantry. Get your kids involved and canvas your neighborhoods for donations; watch the store ads for great sales; ask your co-workers to donate; get creative! (Send your success stories, comments, or questions to breadoflifeministry@live.com). At the end of January we will have a Donation Administration Day. (Details later in this blog.)

ITEMS NEEDED
Cases of bottled water
Kraft Mac N’ Cheese
spaghetti
spaghetti sauce
soup
rice
beans
canned chili
peanut butter
jelly
cereal
canned tuna, chicken, and salmon
saltine crackers
canned veggies
canned fruit
deodorant
bars of soap
toothbrushes


ITEMS FOR THE HOMELESS
pop-top canned meats (chili, Beanie Weanies, ravioli, etc.)
peel-top desserts/fruit cups
bottled water
individual bags of chips
plastic spoons (the sturdier the better)
toothbrushes
travel-size toothpaste
travel-size soap
travel-size lotion
socks
wash cloths
towels

CLICK STORES FOR WEEKLY ADS
Bashas'
Fry's
Albertson's
Safeway

FOOD DONATION ADMINISTRATION DAYCome join us from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday, January 30th, to assist the Bread of Life ministry with Grace’s January food donations. We will be sorting, shelving, bagging, and boxing food/water and toiletries. Bring your kids! It’s a great way to get them involved in a ministry that helps those who are less fortunate. If possible, please RSVP to breadoflifeministry@live.com so we can plan accordingly. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now."   Saint Teresa of Avila

Monday, December 28, 2009

What's Up

Greetings to all!  I pray that each one of you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the coming year. 


I think it's clear that I'm not very faithful with this blogging adventure, but I will try to do better. 


Bread of Life - Since I last wrote, our Bread of Life food pantry has seen a great deal of activity.  People from our church and from the community have sought assistance, and we are blessed to provide it. Because of the increased need, we are now short on food and could use some assistance.  Needed items include: rice; cereal; spaghetti; spaghetti sauce; soup; peanut butter; and jelly.


Just Do Its - The Just Do It group at Grace Chapel was busy before Christmas, purchasing and wrapping gifts for a single mother and her young son, who are family members of Gracers. Mom and son were excited to receive the gifts and were blessed on Christmas morning.


Book Recommendation:  I highly recommend a book called The Hole in Our Gospel: What does God Expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World, by Richard Stearns. This compelling book illuminates what so many Christians (myself included) tend to miss about the gospel - the "good news" - which is that the good news doesn't end with our personal salvation and our personal "fire insurance" policy.  Our personal salvation is, indeed, good news for us and incorporates the first great commandment, which is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind.  The missing component - the hole in our gospel - is that we are to then act upon that faith by serving others. We ae the ones, because of our relationship with Jesus Christ, through whom God intended to reach the poor, the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the disenfranchised, and those held captive to injustice, thus fulfilling God's 2nd great commandment to us, which is to love our neighbors as ourselves. WE are God's plan for helping the brokenhearted, the captive, the prisoners, the hungry, and the poor! As ambassadors for Christ, THAT is our purpose in life!  I encourage you to get the book for yourself and see how it just might change your life.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Light of the World

God says we are the light of the world and that we are to let our light shine before men:

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16.

Why are we to shine our light? So others can see our good deeds and praise God. Obviously, no one can see our good deeds and praise God for them unless we are DOING the good deeds!

This blog is dedicated to facilitating the works (deeds) God calls us to do. Even if we have no idea what "grand plan" God has for us as individuals, we know from His word that we are to help others - to feed, give drink, clothe, and visit. In fact, He says that if we help a stranger, it's as though we are helping Jesus Himself:

"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Let's be about the business of serving Jesus by serving others.