Across the Country: First Responder Appreciation, Massive Food Distribution, and Faster Takes
Across the Nation is our monthly digest of news stories, links and quotes from Churches of Christ across the United States. Do you have an idea for this column? Email Audrey Jackson at [email protected]
Featured image (above): Members of Eastgate Church of Christ in Siloam Springs, Ark., recently spent time with first responders, firefighters and police during a special Sunday service.
The theme for the day was Phillipians 1:3, “I thank my God for all my remembrance of you.” Firefighters showed the children around their equipment and fire trucks in the parking lot before gathering inside for a meal with the congregation.
“Just as Jesus is our Good Samaritan, these men and women work hard to be there for us,” the church said on its Facebook page.
WILMINGTON— Six million pounds of food. This is what Sue Maynard believes Greenbank Church of Christ has distributed to the community.
Maynard and her husband, Ed, have helped with the food program since it began 10 years ago, continuing the ministry’s work through a 2019 church merger and COVID-19 closures.
The first year the food pantry opened, volunteers provided food for approximately 100 people in the community. The need doubled the following year.
In 2022, it has increased to 65 families per week.
Now the Greenbank Church operates as one of the largest emergency food distributors in the Wilmington area, according to the Delaware Food Bank, which the church partners with to meet U.S. Department food needs. of farming.
“The good Lord allowed us to do this, and I commend him for that,” Maynard, who coordinates the program’s orders, told the Wilmington News Journal.
NAMED: Andrew Baker as President of the National Christian School Association by the Board of Trustees. Baker will continue in his position as an administrative professor at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. James W. Carr, former senior vice president and executive vice president of Harding University, on the board of 21Wilberforce, a Christian human rights organization.
HONORED: Helen G. Martin for eight years of service with the Warren County School Board in Kentucky. His son, Zack Martin, is pastor of Cedar Springs Church of Christ in Louisville, Ky.
HIRING: Stephen Bailey as Director of Strategic Growth for Made in the Streets, a ministry that serves children in Nairobi, Kenya. Kelly Neil as senior minister of the Church of Christ in Bentonville, Arkansas. Chris McCurley as preaching minister of the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Dickson, Tennessee. Sam Dilbeck as a minister of the University Church of Christ in San Marcos, Texas. Michael Whitworth as preaching minister for the Newport Avenue Church of Christ in Bend, Ore. cliff hand as youth minister for Hilldale Church of Christ in Clarksville, Tenn. Wesley Garland as preaching minister for Warners Chapel Church of Christ in Clemmons, North Carolina Charles Abernathy as preaching minister for the Washington Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Tenn.
Quote of the month:
“Keep going, keep pushing, keep the clocks tick – do it nonviolently and keep doing it until justice flows like mercy and justice flows like a mighty current,” Fred said. Gray at the Nashville Christian Institute meeting, echoing the words of late Georgia Rep. John Lewis.
Read the full story on the last reunion of the Tennessee school — which educated black students from the Churches of Christ — honoring Gray, an NCI alumnus, renowned civil rights attorney, preacher, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of freedom.
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