Saturday, March 21
Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge wanted to learn the needs of its community and see if it could meet some of them. Looking first at nearby school districts, the congregation soon realized that a large percentage of children in the four-county area were receiving free or reduced lunches.
“We were astounded,” says Crossroads member Flo Vance, “Some school districts provide lunches and breakfast because of the high number of students who are eligible.” Crossroads concluded that parents of eligible students were no doubt struggling to put food on the table.
The congregation had recently moved down the road to a new church building but still retained the old facility. The session approved using the facility for a food pantry. Inviting other congregations nearby to join in, Crossroads began the Four Corners Outreach Alliance to serve the four-county area.
“We are unique. We want to respect the people who come in. Most food pantries will give prepared bags of food. We give people shopping carts, and the people choose what they need, up to 15 pounds per person.”
Every Monday morning and third Saturday of the month, families come to shop for needed groceries. And it is all possible because a small Presbyterian congregation found a need in its community and chose to meet it directly.
Grace Presbytery is home to the Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Austin College in Sherman, and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services in several cities. These ministries are supported by 40,000 members in 161 congregations and several new church developments and fellowships.
—Rob Allen, director of communications, Grace Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Nancy Ramsay, member, PMA Board
Rev. Janet DeVries, general presbyter
Rev. Gerry Tyer, stated clerk
Rev. Michael Thompson, associate general presbyter
Rev. Ronnie Holloman, senior director, ministry and church transitions
Elder Rob Allen, director, communications
Elder Leah Wyckoff, director, resource center
Elder Gary Holloman, director, youth and young adults
Joanna Kim, director, cross-cultural mission and ministry
Vicki Roberts, financial coordinator
Gloria Beard, executive assistant
Lynn Garis, executive assistant
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Loving God, open our eyes to those in need in our community. Give us courage to address their needs and show your love to all—today and every day. Amen.