Cumberland United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Where Discipleship Comes Alive!

Missions

  

 
COME Ministry - Community Outreach Ministry Eastside

In the movie, "the Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins offers a vision of a new world in which all people's stomachs are filled and their souls are enlivened.

The story opens in an America that has been destroyed, ecologically and culturally, by human sins.  The disasters, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land and the brutal war are the result of humanity's destructive behavior.  Starvation is rampant.  This chaos leads to the emergence of a powerful, militaristic and hedonist country named for the Latin word for bread.  The story recounts the journey of a resourceful girl named Katniss Everdeen.  She seeks to help her family to restore freedom and justice and to alleviate hunger.  

The movie captures many of the experiences of people who routinely witness violence on television, who know about environmental abuses, the disconnection between political leaders and ordinary people, and the increasing divide between the rich and the poor.  The harsh reality of hunger is depicted.

For COME hunger is no game.  It is a reality which challenges every faithful follower of Jesus to respond.  I'm utterly delighted to report that the churches who give so generously to this ministry demonstrated a continuing commitment to their mission of feeding the hungry.  In March this commitment permitted COME to assist 7 families of 11 people with help for financial needs in the amount of $1500.00.  Food was given to 62 families of 132 people and 146 bags.  In April this commitment of the churches permitted COME to assist 11 families of 18 persons with help for financial needs in the amount of $2590.32.  Food was given to 79 families of 214 people and 175 bags.  Thanks to each church for giving to this vital ministry.                                                                                     According to a book by Diana Butler Bass entitled, "Christianity After Religion," one who follows Jesus does so by feeding the hungry, comforting the sorrowful, standing for the oppressed, caring for the poor, healing the sick and making peace.  Isn't this the mission of COME?

 

Grace and peace,

Dr. Robert N. Sanders

COME Board of Directors

 

P.S. THE COME FOOD PANTRY IS EXTREMELY LOW AT THIS TIME.  WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR CARE AND INTEREST IN THIS OUTREACH MINISTRY.

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