Where can you buy food for 19¢/lb? This Sunday, your contributions to our Second Sunday Food Offering can do just that. Through the end of the year, Lutheran Social Services, which operates the food pantry in Spenard, can purchase shelf-stable food from the Alaska Food Bank at a special rate of $0.19/lb. Last year, JLP’ers contributed $1,700—enough for 9,000 lbs of food! As always, we’re happy to receive contributions of canned fruit or chili, but it’s hard to beat 19¢/lb!
At the citywide Thanksgiving Blessing distribution on Monday, November 19, JLP folks contributed 321 cans of cranberry sauce, almost a third more than our commitment of 250 cans. Thank you!
The total number served this year was just over 1,200 people. Our volunteers at the Crosspoint distribution site joined nearly 400 people from 30 local churches and secular organizations.
Thanks to everyone who participated by volunteering or bringing food to church. We’re already looking forward to next year!
THANKSGIVING BLESSING is a community-wide program that gives the neediest families in our neighborhood the dignity of celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. Last year, 7,477 families were served across Anchorage.
On Monday, November 19 from 3 pm to 8 pm the food will be distributed at six local centers across town. Our local distribution site is Crosspoint Church, in the Fred Meyer / Burlington shopping center on Dimond Blvd. Last year, over 1,240 families were served at this site alone!
JLP has been asked to help out two ways: cranberry sauce and volunteers:
- We were asked to provide 250 cans of cranberry sauce. If you’d like to contribute, please bring cans of cranberry relish to the church by Wednesday, November 14, so we can get them to the church on time.
- JLP was also invited to provide volunteers. If you know you’d like to volunteer, please sign up on the list in the Café. If you’re not sure, ask any of the JLP people who have volunteered in previous years!
Anchorage has become one of the nation’s most violent cities, breaking its record for murders two years in a row. It is time for the Body of Christ in Anchorage to stand together in response. Along with other churches and faith-based ministries, JLP will pray in our services each of the last four Sundays in September.
The Anchorage Peacemaking Fellowship, Worship+Justice Movement, and Activate are calling individuals to commit to pray for 10 weeks (beginning September 9) to coincide with churches praying in their services the last four Sunday’s in September. If you’d like to volunteer to be a prayer partner, send them an email.
Every year, the Anchorage HUGSS distribution gives school supplies to students in local schools. Just as importantly, it also gives students dignity, so they can arrive at school with a backpack full of school supplies like everyone else, and nobody can tell whether or not their family could afford it. If you’d like to make a difference for needy kids going back to school, give generously to our offering for HUGSS on August 8.