Project Share 9.5.19

“We are called by God to aid the vulnerable.  Therefore, we must see the alien and the stranger as individuals made in the image of God, the object of Christ’s love and as people of intrinsic worth who are in need of our affirmation and support.”

                                                                                General Conference, EFCA adopted in 1996
 
Helping to care for those who are vulnerable, oppressed, hurting, needy, and on the fringe of society is commanded by God in His Word. Consider God’s Word in the Old Testament that directed God’s people to provide for the widows within the community by requiring those who farmed to leave the edges of their crops unharvested so the widows could glean food from the unharvested crop, (Lev 19:9-10).  Consider God’s Word in the New Testament that admonishes those who have sufficient means to help and assist others to do so out of love, (1 John 3:17). Consider that our Lord Jesus said that how we are to relate to others in need is the same thing as relating to him, (Mat 25:31-45).
 
Since 2005, North Sub has responded by blessing the under-resourced with a special food basket the week of Thanksgiving. Since then, we have provided 15,942 food baskets through 13 or so ministry partners serving the Chicago-land area.  For some families, the basket of food lasts the entire week of Thanksgiving.  For others it provides a special meal on Thanksgiving Day and reason to thank God for His kindness and generosity to them. We have even heard how blessed people felt by the laundry basket we use to contain all the food provided for each recipient. We call this special ministry PROJECT SHARE.
 
This year, we are seeking once again to raise monies so that we can purchase food at cost through the generosity of Sunset Foods, purchase laundry baskets at cost through the generosity of Lou Malnati’s, and work together with neighbors and friends to pack the baskets that will go out in the name of Jesus.
 
Our financial goal is $34,000.  If we reach our goal, it will provide food for 900 families.
 
You can contribute by placing a check in the Offering on Sunday or giving on-line.  If you wish to contribute on-line, please click here. If you wish to make a pledge, fill out a pledge card on Sunday, or contact Karen Santelik at ksantelik@northsub.com.
 
We will receive contributions and/or pledges through October 20th.  This will allow us to plan for how much food we can purchase.  All monies pledged need to be received by Nov. 3rd
 
The morning of Saturday, November 23rd will be set aside for packing the foods baskets.  Just like last year, Adat Hatikvah will forgo their worship service to join us in this mitzvah.
 
As in years past, please help us bless under-resourced people and families in the name of Jesus.  Let’s pull together to do everything we can to reach our goal for the Lord.