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Observing Lent

lent-5Cars?  Candy?  Coke?  What have you been influenced to buy since you saw 30 second ads that cost $5 million each during the Super Bowl?

Thinking about such extravagance is a great incentive to reflect seriously upon Lent.  How much of yourself will you “spend” in appreciation of Christ’s suffering and death for you?

No candy, no movies, no bingo – these are merely superficial deprivations!  In reality, the question is, how will your personal relationship with Jesus be enriched this Lent?

Here is one plan that lets Him work through you:

Each day during Lent, set aside some time – yes, even just 30 seconds – to talk to God about what you can do to imitate his caring for the poor.  When you finish, put aside a dollar or two, and at the end of Lent, send it to an organization, such as Central Church, that provides a missional outreach to the poor.

We thank God for the opportunity to provide free warm and nutritious food for body and soul to many people in the City of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, as we work to cultivate a season of peace and joy for the people God has placed in our lives.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beaver County is among the poorest counties in western Pennsylvania.  People come to Central Church who haven’t eaten for days.  Some have been out of work for years and don’t expect to find work anytime soon.  They have no money.  They’ve run out of benefits.  They feel that life will only get worse.  They are hungry and need someone to care.

Central Church provided over 10,000 free, nutritious meals to our community in 2013.  In 2014, that number increased to 11,500, and the numbers of the hungry coming to us continue to increase as we move through 2017, all through the generosity of many small givers and an active congregation of less than 25 dedicated souls.

Every meal that we serve is hot, nutritious, and wholesome.  A warm welcome and a promise from God go a long way to lift a heavy heart.  When someone knows how much God cares, they don’t feel lonely and powerless anymore.

Please consider joining us with a Lenten gift to those in need.  Your gifts meet desperate needs for food, and you pave the way for hurting people to be blessed.

 

 

 

 

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