We were up this morning at 4:00 a.m. in order to arrive at our church in time to unload the truck from Angel Food Ministries for this month’s distribution. Our guys unloaded approximately 12-1/4 tons of bulk food on pallets, counted it out to make sure it was counted properly when it went on the truck, then reloaded a little over half of the food to send on to the next drop point. Once the truck left, we separated the food for the other five host sites that pick up at our drop then sorted the food we had left to distribute from our church.
Angel Food distribution day is a lot of hard work but we also have fun visiting and getting to know each other better as we work. It is also very satisfying to interact with the people from the other churches and with our customers. Many have become friends as they return each month.
Angel Food Ministries is a nationwide non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief to communities throughout the United States. The food is all the same high quality you would purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe.
Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of between $45 and $75. This menu can be purchased for $30. Additional specialty boxes can be bought for approximately $20. An average of three specials per month will vary but usually are a variety of meat boxes containing steaks, pork chops, ribs, sausages, chicken tenders, boneless skinless chicken breasts, ready-to- heat meals, etc. Orders are placed once a month and picked up on a set distribution date.
The program aims at filling in the gaps for those people who may bring in too much money to qualify for government assistance but who aren’t making enough to support themselves and their families. The program is ideal for single parents, the working poor and senior citizens on a fixed income. Although these groups definitely benefit, the program is open to everyone – there are no applications or eligibility requirements.
If you are interested in learning more about Angel Food Ministries, you can explore their website at http://www.angelfoodministries.com/. You can look under Host Sites to see if there is a location near you.
This week, the
What Lies Within
Multnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007) by Karen BallABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today’s bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather – both pastors who shared God’s truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen’s writing style is a powerful force for revealing God’s truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their “kids,” Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named “Destructo.”
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Nothing’s going to stop Kyla…until the ground crumbles beneath her feet.
Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend’s suggestion that she sell her business and marry him–and most especially not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy.
Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars–and the nightmares–to prove it. Though he can’t fight overseas any longer, he’s found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived.
Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won’t carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there’s only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real–and surrender to God. In other words, risk everything…
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This week, the
is introducing Bluegrass Peril
(Steeple Hill December 4, 2007)
Virginia SmithABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Virginia Smith left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker in the summer of 2005. Since then she has contracted eight novels and numerous articles and short stories.She writes contemporary humorous novels for the Christian market, including her debut, Just As I Am (Kregel Publications, March 2006) and her new release, Murder by Mushroom (Steeple Hill, August 2007). Her short fiction has been anthologized, and her articles have been published in a variety of Christian magazines.An energetic speaker, Virginia loves to exemplify God’s truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, “Biblical Truths in Star Trek.”
WHO KILLED HER BOSS?Local police had tagged single mom Becky Dennison as their prime suspect. But she’d only been in the wrong place at the wrong time…admittedly, with her boss’s lifeless body. Sure it looked bad, but Becky had no motive for killing…even if she had opportunity.When the director of the retirement farm for thoroughbred champions is murdered, Becky Dennison teams up with the handsome manager of a neighboring horse farm, Scott Lewis, to find her boss’s killer. Soon the amateur detective are hot on the trail of the murderer…even as their feelings for each other deepen.The amateur sleuths uncover a trail of clues that lead them into the intricate society of Kentucky’s elite thoroughbred breeding industry. They soon find themselves surrounded by the mint julep set – jealous southern belles and intensely competitive horse breeders – in a high-stakes game of danger, money, and that famous southern pride.And for Becky and Scott, this race on the Kentucky tracks has the greatest stakes of all: life or death!
Romantic Times awarded Bluegrass Peril
* * * * FOUR STARS! * * * *
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