Volunteers pack 30,240 Take Away Hunger meals
A total of 30,240 meals were packaged during the 3.5-hour Take Away Hunger packing event Sunday afternoon in the Word of Life Lutheran Church gym.
“What an awesome group you are,” said Don Henderson, one of the organizers from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Henderson said it was a beautiful day to be outside, so there were fewer volunteers than usual — only 78.
“So we could only run four tables instead of the usual five, and we still reached our goal of 30,000 meals and it only took a half hour longer than usual,” he continued. “There were probably a lot of tired backs Sunday evening.”
According to its website, Take Away Hunger is a food relief organization that unifies teams of people who package a specialized rice-based soy casserole mixture which is used locally and overseas.
Take Away Hunger is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is overseen by Don and Sandee Fields of Brighton, whose office warehouse is in Mt. Pleasant.
“Don Fields reports he can tell us in a couple of weeks where these meals will be shipped to,” said Henderson. “He has a shipment just about ready to go.”
According to Henderson, Fields’s new black beans and rice meal are ready to be produced and his macaroni and cheese meal will be available very soon.
“Don’s objective with these two new meals is to provide more desirable meals for the local venues, such as The Lord’s Cupboard and the Carry On Bags program,” said Henderson. “He is so enthused, as usual, and says the mac and cheese meals are so-o-o good.”
The Rev. Jeremy Blauvelt, youth pastor at First Presbyterian, brought the black beans meal for the volunteers to sample during the packing.
The next Take Away Hunger packing event will be held in six months.
The churches involved in the packing are: Fairfield Friends Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Word of Life Church and First Christian Church, all in Fairfield, plus Faith United Methodist Church in Libertyville.
First Christian Church is the designated Take Away Hunger contact for Jefferson County. For information, call the church at 472-2520 or visit the website www.takeawayhunger.com.
Life Chain planned Sunday
A Life Chain will be held Sunday afternoon in Fairfield as part of National Life Chain Sunday.
Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful event that has taken place across the nation since 1987. People stand on sidewalks holding signs praying for an end to abortion. Being a public witness, standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, is a powerful way to show support for the unborn child.
Participants in Fairfield should meet at 1:45 p.m. the city parking lot at the corner of Court and Washington for opening prayer and to pick up a pro-life sign. People will be praying from 2-3 p.m. along Burlington Avenue in downtown Fairfield.
For information, call Karen Crossland at 472-9452.
‘Old-fashioned’ Bible study beginning Monday
Word of Life Lutheran Church is beginning an old-fashioned Bible study Monday.
Participants are asked to bring their Bibles to study the book of James together.
No prior knowledge is needed, no homework is assigned, no workbook is followed; just read and discuss together. Participants can attend any or all of the eight sessions.
The Bible study sessions will be 7-8 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 21 in the church fellowship room.
Dine-in, carryout supper at Libertyville church
LIBERTYVILLE — Faith United Methodist Church will have a supper from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.
The menu includes beef burgers, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and bar cookies.
Dine-in and carryout meals will be available for a free will donation. Everyone is welcome.
LWML fall rally set Oct. 8
WILTON — The Mt. Pleasant Zone of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will hold its annual fall rally on Oct. 8 at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton.
Registration and coffee begins at 8:30 a.m. The meeting and program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Lunch is included.
The theme of the rally is “Be kind and compassionate” based on Ephesians 4:32. The keynote speaker is Don Johnston from Beacon of Hope Hospice Program of Southeast Iowa sharing information on programs and service.
The LWML is a recognized auxiliary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Mt. Pleasant Zone consists of women from LCMS churches in Burlington, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mt. Pleasant, Muscatine, Wapello, and Wilton.
Guests are welcome to attend. For information, call 319-653-2041.