I am so proud of our church here at Gaylord E-Free. This part of northern Michigan has really felt the effects of the economic problems in our country. Many people are out of work and hundreds of people are struggling to make ends meet. It is our desire as a church to be the "hands and feet" of Jesus to this community. As a result, each month we have what we call the "Food Truck Ministry" in which we purchase a semi truck full of food from the Michigan Food Bank and we distribute it free of charge to families within our county that could really use the help. Last Thursday over 160 families from our community came to our church to receive free food.
This is why on Sunday, November 20, we will be taking a special offering here at E-Free. We call the Sunday before Thanksgiving "Ingathering Sunday." It is going to be a great day. There will be a special combined service @ 9:30am with a lot of worship, celebration and many people following the Lord in water baptism. Then we will all go down to the gym for a full-blown luncheon together as a church family. But on that Sunday we will also take a second offering, an Ingathering offering. Our goal is to see God use His people here at E-Free to see $50,000 come in for that special offering that morning. The first $30,000 of this special offering will go to our Elder Fund that is used specifically to help hurting people in our church and in our community. It is from this fund that we will also be able to fund the Food Truck Ministry for another year.
So thank you Gaylord E-Free for being a church that cares...a church that loves...a church that prays...and a church that gives!