This month, Messiah has the opportunity to participate in the Thrivent "Give Thanks and Give Back" Food Bank Challenge. In order to receive a $1,000 challenge grant from Thrivent, Messiah donors need to give 1,000 cans of food as part of the congregation's ingathering this month.
Dave and Lynne Radke, Messiah's Food on the Fourth facilitators extraordinare, request that for the next 12 days Messiah households bring several canned food items per person and deposit them in the marked crates located in the narthex/foyer.
The cash grant will be given to the two local food banks that Messiah supports. Money gifts allow these food banks to buy items in low supply and to pay for repairs of facility equipment.
The intent of this challenge is not to diminish our community's regular November collection, but rather joyfully reflect its thanks for the bounty we all recognize in our lives.