With all the talk of snow, I got some waving in early today. I was out there around 9:40 a.m. I had a couple of good brief conversations with folks that rolled down their windows and called out. One was an Rider Bus Driver. She was happy to hear that I was a Pastor. “Ohhh, Pastor! What time is your service?” “10:00!”
I don’t always know when to end. I usually look around prayerfully. Sometimes I linger if there is a nudge that I have unfinished business. As I was preparing to go today, I looked up and saw a frequent visitor to the church get off a bus and head toward the crosswalk. She’d be crossing by me to get up the Vantage Point neighborhood. She was overladen with grocery bags.
As she made her way across the street, what a gift to help lighten the load. I was able to carry a couple of her bags up the hill and toward her place. As we moved steadily along, we talked about her work and I got to catch up about how things have been going. This was a welcome pause, because things tend to be pretty busy after worship and I don’t always get to have a good conversation with folks. We passed the “Little Free Pantry” in the little park across from the church’s Sacred Garden on Vantage Point Road.
I had gotten to attend the kickoff for the Pantry this past fall. The Town Center Board, and especially resident Joel Broida, were responsible for getting it set up. Anyone who needs food, stops by for cans. Anyone who would like to donate, can share what they have.
I helped the visitor to her home and headed to the church. I thought about all the folks scrambling to the store today in preparation for the snow. Some folks will go hungry tonight in the cold. I thought of the Cold Weather Shelter participants that had been at our church before Christmas, tonight sleeping at another congregation in the County.
What was a mild and pleasant morning turning quite wet around 1:00 p.m. It’s a Winter Wonderland in Columbia tonight, friends. To commemorate the at our house we sang and danced… “in the meadow we can build a snowman…”
What is a Little Free Pantry? Click here for more info
The Vantage Point Little Free Pantry Location