I have been encouraged the last few weeks as I've seen the efforts that my churches are making in order to show care and love to their communities. On Sunday, as the Lobelville church opened the doors of its food pantry, I was thinking about the fast that God approves of in Isaiah 58 which is to give bread to the hungry and care for the poor. God's love was shown to many families in Lobelville as they came to find physical food. Several community members and friends from other churches joined with the church members in making this a reality and I am excited to see the ways God will use this ministry. I was also able to help the Parsons church gather bags of food donated from the community to help fill food baskets for those in need. Chelsea and I were able to help deliver some of that food after prayer meeting last night and I couldn't help but notice how grateful the family was that received it and how much they appreciated us and the prayer that we offered.

At this time of year when we are focused on thanking God for the blessings He has given us, let's not forget those around us who may not have everything they need. Speaking of the judgment, Jesus said, "And the King shall answer and say unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me'" (Matthew 25:40). As we give thanks this week, let's try and be a reason for someone else to be thankful as we show the love of God to those around us.

Helping the least of these,

Pastor Sutherland

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