Human Care Ministry
for May Food Pantry

Do you remember learning about the food groups in school? The five food groups are Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein Foods, and Dairy. A healthy eating pattern contains all five food groups as key building blocks. Our food pantry is organized along these guidelines, and when food boxes are put together we are then able to ensure that each group is represented.

Thank you for your continued donations to the food pantry. Consider canned soup as you shop. It is an area that could use replenishing. We now have a few toiletry items thanks to your donations and they will be greatly appreciated.

Pursuing the Common Good

What is the Common Good? According to The Hopeful Neighborhood by Don Everts, the common good is the flourishing or well-being of the sum total of communal life in a given place. Pursuing the common good has been a strong marker of the Christian church from the very beginning. The early church became known for its relentless pursuit of the common good in their local communities: visiting the poor, sick, and the imprisoned; generously giving to common funds that went towards replenishing stocks of food and clothing, and feeding needy people. An early Christian writing from the first century says” Do not live entirely isolated, having retreated into yourselves…but gather together to seek the common good.” John Chrysostom writing about the common good in the early 400’s wrote, “This is the rule of the most perfect Christianity, its most exact definitions, its highest point, namely the seeking of the common good…for nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as caring for his neighbors.” If you want to learn more about this important idea, and many more, find a copy of The Hopeful Neighborhood by Don Everts.