The “Feeding the Homeless” program is up and running!!
The response from the congregation has been amazing, including a big response from the youth group families. Every Thursday, each family/volunteer is making ten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ten hard boiled eggs and delivering them to St. John’s kitchen. This provides the base for the food bag. Through a membership in the Alameda County Food Bank, we have been able to secure shopping appointments every Tuesday to secure fruit, juice boxes, chips and occasionally some shelf stable milk, energy bars and other miscellaneous items. Local grocery stores have been donating water bottles. The “bagger team” meets at St. John’s to assemble the bag lunches and then deliver the items to the pickup point.
June 4th was our first venture and we were able to provide 120 bags full of nourishing food.
June 11th we provided 230 bags.
June 18th we provided 172 bags.
The 230 bags on the second week was REALLY a stretch for the three bagging and delivery volunteers. But more volunteers have stepped up and we hope to be able to deliver at least 150 bag lunches or more every week.
“Pastor” Vinnie is so grateful for ourgroup and we know that our food is being distributed directly to the individual people in a number of homeless camps.
If anyone wishes to volunteer on a couple of Thursdays per month, we will be happy to give you a detailed explanation of the program. It would also allow for some of us to take a break once in a while. If you are unable to volunteer your time but would like to make a small monetary contribution, it would offset some of the expenses that we incur in purchasing the packaging materials and some of the supplemental items that we may need when the “pickings are slim” at the Food Bank.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support,
Sallie Sadler & Bonnie & Jerry Moran
Kathy is known for her ZOOM backgrounds. Did you know Kathy not only volunteers many hours at St. John's, but also serves as a docent at the Oakland Zoo?
A communication from Bishop Marc Andrus as posted on the DioCal website:
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the lawyer asks Jesus “And who is my neighbor?”
Holding this all important question in our hearts, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in our region, I prayerfully ask all churches in the Diocese of California to cancel ALL public worship services for the month of March, with the possible exception of weddings and funerals. This decision will be revisited by March 31, at which time I will communicate our next steps.
In response to the Bishop’s request St. John’s Episcopal is canceling all public worship services, effective immediately.
Please join us for "The Worship Lounge" on St. John’s YouTube channel.
For more information on DioCal protocols, please visit the COVID-19 Advisories on DioCal website.