Here are a few ideas that we as people of hope, strength and peace can do to BE a community working FOR our community and still follow social-distancing protocols:
1. Five Phone Calls a Day.
Let’s all take the pledge to call five people in our church a day as a way to check-in, ask how they are doing and how we can pray for them. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean emotional distancing. Stay in touch. While we cannot see and interact with each other face to face, these phone calls can be important ways to love and care for each other...voice to voice.
2. Support your local food bank.
As you know, school closures are impacting the families with children who depend on lunch programs. One of the ways we can be FOR our community is to partner with our local food bank. So let’s have a food drop-off drive-thru! If you have donations of food, wrap them securely in plastic bags and bring them to the front of church. Place your donation at one of covered entrances of Worship Center. We’ll make sure it gets to Sweetwater Mission or Storehouse. (No expired items please.) Please deliver your food donation Monday -Thursday between 8a and 4p.
Here’s a suggested list of needed items (underlined items are top priority):
Peanut butter, Canned meats (chicken, tuna), Canned pasta, Bags of pasta, Red Beans and Rice, Bags of oatmeal, Canned carrots, Canned green beans, Canned mixed vegetables, Canned potatoes, Canned tomato product, Canned beans, Canned pinto beans, Chunky soup, Condensed soup, Cans of fruit, Dry milk (cartons), Mac and Cheese.
You may live closer to the Food Pantry of MUST Ministries.
Drop off non-perishable food items in the barrels outside of MUST’s donation site, seven days a week 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: MUST Donation Center, 1280 Field Pkwy. Marietta
For more info see: https://www.mustministries.org/
3. Buy online gift cards to support local businesses.
You can support our local businesses impacted by this season of social-distancing by purchasing online gift cards. If you have favorite local shops, restaurants and businesses that you know you are going to take your business to after this crisis is over go ahead and purchase online gift cards from them. Not every business has an e-commerce option and it doesn’t apply to every business. However, don’t let that stop you.
4. Leverage your Social Media Platforms to support the Community.
This a great opportunity for us to become voices of hope, clarity, and communication. Re-post and re-tweet messages or updates from local charities. Do the same regarding important health updates. Share verses and stories that give people the God-sized perspective on our current situation.
Share your story.
Now, it’s your turn. Let’s go from four ideas to forty, at least.
What ideas can you share to help us all serve our community during COVID-19?
It’s a whole lot better than worrying!