Easter holds such wonderful hope for us in the midst of our current ordeal. Even as our lives are upended, we are beneficiaries of the best news mankind has ever heard — the forgiveness of sin and the defeat of death itself. We get God in all of His love, mercy, and glory due to what Jesus Christ has done for us. The early Christians carried this wonderful news in their minds and hearts. It inspired them to risk their lives in service to others who were suffering under one or another of the many sicknesses of the early Christian centuries.
Now, as we have been refreshed by the Good News of Easter, there is another crisis for the church. A pandemic has arisen: we have rightly stayed home and helped to save lives that way. The steps we have taken to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19, however, have stopped a once-powerful economy — one with record employment — in its tracks. Many people have been damaged: there is wide-spread unemployment, situational homelessness, and deep need. Our precautions have had painful side-effects.
Here is where we can engage best in this crisis: we already have a wonderful relationship with one of the best-run relief organizations in the city — the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC). Our current economic conditions have placed a significant strain on their resources as they try and help people — and this strain has occurred quickly.
This Saturday, April 18, we are holding a food drive for CCSC from 12-2 PM at the Endicott Gate across from Meyerland Plaza. Please bring non-perishable goods such as canned tuna or chicken, boxed cereal, pasta, canned tomatoes (diced, sauce, etc.), canned vegetables, canned fruit, dry rice, dry beans, toilet paper, bar soap, and bags — paper, plastic or reusable. You may also donate to CCSC online or checks may be mailed to CCSC, PO Box 27924, Houston 77227.
This will be a non-contact drive; you will unload your items and then be able drive home all the while maintaining social distancing. Our volunteers will gather the items and deliver them to CCSC’s Food Pantry.
One of our outstanding young graduates, Katie Coats, is heading up our food drive. When you see her be sure to thank her (from an appropriate distance)!
Thank you for carrying on the Easter gratitude!