Shiloh Membership Broadcast Message
Days like today remind us that despite the coming of a new administration, a new vaccine, and a new year, old evils and division remain present in our world. Watching such things can be difficult and disturbing if we dwell on what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears. But I am reminded of 2 Kings 6 where Elisha and his servant were surrounded by a Syrian army seeking to kill them. When his servant became fearful, Elisha responded by saying, “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then God showed the servant a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding the Syrians.
Likewise, our human senses tell us there is much to be concerned about in our world, even at the start of a new year. Yet, the same God who provided a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire, still maintains sovereign control over the affairs of our universe. We are a people who have endured great hardship for generations, and we are still standing. Not because of our own endurance and strength, but because we walk by faith, not by sight.
Faith means trust in God is as essential to our living as air is to our breathing. Also it means we cannot sit by idly. In the midst of trying times, we recognize there is work we must do. Not the labor of our hands but the work on our knees. Our greatest works are (1) to never despair and (2) to pray without ceasing. Remain ever hopeful and remain ever vigilant in prayer. Peace and blessings to you all.
The Food Pantry
The Barbara Carroll Community Outreach and Development Corporation Food Pantry continues to offer support to Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members in need of grocery assistance are asked to notify their deacons or Gale Jones, the Pantry Manager, who will coordinate a specific date and time to pick up the grocery box. Typically, pick up is between 9:30-11:00 AM, Mondays or Wednesdays. Other dates and times may be scheduled if needed.
Members’ request for groceries should note any dietary restrictions (i.e., no pork, red meat, fish, nuts, etc.) and provide their name, address, telephone number and the number of family members to include children to their deacon or Gale Jones at (540) 842-1980. This information is CONFIDENTIAL and required by the Food Bank for their records and will not be shared with anyone. Members may schedule one pantry visit per month. Members who meet USDA Eligibility Income Guidelines will qualify for greatly enhanced grocery boxes packed with USDA commodities.