With Arms Wide by JEFF SZOLOMAYER
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ ” (Matthew 25:34-36 NIV) The Body of Christ: Meant to Bless
Hungness mobilize and coordinate dozens of volunteers who
At The Chapel, one of our goals is to consistently meet the physi-
work together to serve each person who walks through the
cal needs of the people who live in our community. To better
serve these needs, we had the joy of opening our new commu-
“There’s no way to quantify the sheer number of man-hours
nity Care center (cCc), which provides food and clothing to local
invested in the cCc,” Michele said. “Our volunteers distribute food.
residents who are facing significant financial challenges.
Our small groups build shelves. Our youth groups sort clothes.
The new cCc more than doubles the storage and distribution space. It also includes a full gym where people can
I could go on and on. God is working!” First-time volunteer Lynn Clay characterized her experience
gather, enjoy a cup of coffee, and relax while they wait to be
serving at the cCc this way: “I realized it was about a lot more
served. The size of the new building dramatically
than just food. It’s really a place for people to be in community
expands the number of people we are able to serve each
with each other. The level of dignity and respect amazed me.”
week. But without the hard work of our committed volun-
A long-time Chapel member shared, “Until I lost my job a few
teers, it remains just another building.
months ago, the idea of visiting a food pantry was embarrassing, but when I showed up, no one judged me. Everyone was smiling
The Body of Christ: Meant to Serve Twice a week, cCc volunteer leaders Michele Stanger and JoAnn
Michele Stanger and JoAnn Hungness
Published on Dec 2, 2011