Hi friends,

In this time of fear and uncertainty, we believe that compassion is as important as ever.  While we take care of ourselves and our families and ensure that we are doing everything needed to care for our health, we are committed to responding in a way that demonstrates the power of generosity and the confident hope we have in God.  We can help to decrease some of the fear that many are experiencing as the grocery store shelves continue to empty, community meals and support programs close and people begin to self-isolate.  As a community we are choosing to share what we have with those around us who may be scared, hungry and alone.

As we look toward the coming week, we do not anticipate that we will be sharing a Friday meal together.  At our smaller gathering this past week there was great anxiety and uncertainty about what is to come.  We collected contacts from over 100 of our friends who asked that we keep in touch with them.  We know that some of our friends are struggling with physical and mental health challenges in addition to food insecurity and don’t have enough to provide for themselves or their families.  We are planning on continuing to prepare food which we will provide as takeout throughout the week in order that our friends can continue to access what they need.  We also plan to do regular phone check ins so friends are not isolated and we can better understand and meet the changing needs.

Here are some ways that you can help:

1) Offer your time in helping us to prepare/clean up, package and label take home meals throughout the week.

2) Offer to buddy with 2-5 of our Friday Night Community friends to check in regularly by phone and/or e-mail. If you learn that food or other items are needed you will let us know and we will have you communicate a pick up or drop off location.

3) Be available during a scheduled time during the week for when friends come to pick up their take home meals. (Safety precautions will be put in place for the exchange of food).

4) Purchase take home containers (we will need an abundance) or bulk food that we can use to prepare the meals (vegetables, fruit, meat, rice, cheese and other snacks, etc.) to help us keep our costs down.

5) Help us to find needed items for our friends (baby wipes for a new baby due tomorrow, diapers of all sizes, adult Depends, paper towel, Kleenex, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, spray cleaners).  Many of our friends have not been able to access and purchase these supplies which are now in high demand. We are also in need of gently used microwaves to make it easier for some friends to warm up the already prepared meals.  This can all be dropped off at Wellington Square (2121 Caroline St. during office hours or contact me about an alternative plan)

6) Pray for our most vulnerable friends over the upcoming days and weeks.

Thank you for caring for our friends and continuing to show compassion in a very difficult time.  

Please keep in touch in letting us know how you are doing as we will miss not meeting, sharing a meal and friendship. Lisa and the Friday Night Community Team 

‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ ~Philippians 2:3-4