Loaves and Fishes 2019

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Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”-John 6:1-14

On August 11th, we will hear the Gospel reading from Luke about giving to the poor and storing up treasure in heaven. It’s a story of providing for all, by sharing of our bounty. Beginning Sunday, July 28th, St. Matthew’s parishioners will have the opportunity to follow Christ’s example of feeding those in need by supporting the Diocesan Wide Loaves and Fishes ingathering and donating non-perishable food items or cash to benefit the Parker Food Bank. This year, volunteers at the Food Bank have requested single serving “non-cooking” food items that can be easily place in school backpacks for children living in single adult households, allowing the kids to pack their “breakfast/snack items” when leaving home for the day.  These single serving food items, have been requested by the food bank:

            Canned fruit (with pop-tops)                        Healthy single serving Breakfast cereal 

            Breakfast Bars                                                Cracker/Peanut Butter sandwiches

            Pudding Cups                                                Granola (regular & non-nut)

            Raisins/cranberries (dried fruit)                      Pretzel/Cracker dip

If donating by check, please make the check payable to “St. Matthew’s” with “2019 Loaves and Fishes” in the memo field, then drop it in the offering plate. All donations of food, grocery gift cards and checks need to be delivered to the church for Loaves and Fishes by Sunday, August 11th. St. Matthew’s parishioners will deliver the donations to the food bank later that week. For more information on how you may support this annual ingathering or other St. Matthew’s Community Outreach Events, please contact us at office@smecp.org or Ann Williams at webranch@msn.com.  Thanks to everyone for being a part of this annual summer outreach tradition!