This past Sunday morning, we read the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and were reminded of Jesus’ instructions to “go and do likewise.”

One of the ways we can love our neighbors is by sharing with people in need in our community.

A couple of months ago, a church member shared with me a way that she gives to one of our local mission partners, Clemson Community Care. Rather than waiting for a food drive or a special emphasis, she selected a couple of items from the list of needs, and adds them to her regular shopping list. Every week or every other week when she goes to the grocery store, she picks up those same two items and then brings them to church and donates them to the Clemson Community Care barrel. She does not have to study the list and guess at which item might be most needed right now; she has already decided which item she will get every week. In some ways, this takes the mental work out of it, and makes the giving a regular habit, just like saying a prayer before meals, or giving our offering to the church, or coming to church. Giving regularly to feed our neighbors is a way we can “go and do likewise.”

I want to invite you to consider making a commitment to purchase one or two of the following items on a regular basis to donate to Clemson Community Care. Each time you shop for yourself or your family, add your selected item to your cart, and bring it to church to place in the collection barrel in the hallway near the church office. If you would like to let us know which item you have chosen so we can coordinate our efforts, a sign-up sheet is located next to the CCC barrel.

Items needed by CCC

  • canned beans
  • canned meat/fish
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • pork and beans
  • soup
  • canned tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • dry beans
  • dry pasta
  • rice
  • instant potatoes
  • boxed macaroni and cheese
  • flour/cornmeal
  • pasta sauce
  • peanut butter
  • jello
  • powdered/canned milk
  • oatmeal/grits
  • cereal
  • juice
  • baby diapers
  • shampoo
  • bath soap
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent
  • dish detergent
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper 
  • crackers

Note: Current shortages are indicated in bold. During the summer months, many CCC clients have a greater need for food because their children are not in school. Regular size packages are preferred (rather than extra large or bulk size packages). 

Thank you for your generosity to our community! 

–Pastor Jennifer Rygg, 7/18/19