Feeding the Hungry:
Our congregation reached out to the community around us during the Feeding the Hungry emphasis to share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ by doing our part to feed our hungry brothers and sisters. With the lens of God’s mission and justice, we looked and listened to our neighbors in both our local and global communities. We generously shared over $3750 to the ELCA World Hunger from our Lenten offering, $1000 to the Baltimore area churches, fully stocked Resurrection's food pantry, sent over 1000 pounds of food to the Placer Food Bank, sent 50 college students a Starbucks gift card and letters of love and encouragement from the congregation, served 80 women and children at St. John's Program for Real Change, tended the Placer Community Garden by weeding and planting beans, served 11 families at Lutheran Social Services, served over 70 people at the Gathering Inn, went on a tour of the Gathering Inn to learn more about their facility, served at St. Vincent de Paul, and many other individual acts of kindness and love. Through our compassion and service, we helped others going through challenges in their lives. Something special happens when we come together to impact the lives of others.
St. John’s Program for Real Change
It is always a delight to be with the women and children at St. John’s. The last time we were with them, we sat with the women and children to talk and eat dinner. We felt the Holy Spirit’s presence during our conversations as the women expressed their fears and joys. We had deep rooted discussions on God, raising babies, the police, healthy eating habits, and sharing love. We prayed for a woman who was about to give birth in the next day or two. Afterwards, she said she has never felt so much love and caring as she has received from the folks at St. John’s. Afterwards, we went outside to hang out with the kids while they painted our nails. Kennedy, the 10 year old with a heart on her t-shirt shared her nail polish with us and with all the kids. She was so loving and generous. It brings me to tears thinking about how she has so very little, but gave it all with a kind heart. The relationship between Resurrection and St. John’s grows stronger with each time we serve. Our appreciation and gratitude is reciprocal. - Michelle Larsh
God certainly had a plan for me when my husband, mother and I became Daylighters way back in 2001. I had no idea then that I would eventually lead this beautiful group of Resurrection Seniors, nor did I know whether or not I could even take on such a task. Was I experienced enough? Did I have the qualifications? Could I do all that this awesome group required of me? All I knew at the time, after our leader had resigned, was that Daylighters needed to continue. With Pastor Don's help, Ursel Laffin and I formed a new team.
Leadership of a group can be quite overwhelming. But my faith in God has become so much stronger through this experience. I find that I can see and feel His presence in so many ways. If I ask myself, 'How can I accomplish this', or 'What am I going to do in this situation?' God provides an answer. The answers come from supporting friends and loving, helpful Christians too. At times God gives me ideas, resources, insights and inspirations. I am in awe of what God has enabled me to do. AND I do it willingly, with joy, and with love for this group. - Elizabeth Bieniek