Posted on: April 30, 2020
You may have seen the meme going around social media “We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.” This is a great metaphor for understanding the disparity of impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having, even within our own parish. One person’s boat could be shipwrecked, while another might be faring well. For some, this lockdown has provided moments of reflection, peace, rest, and opportunities for re-connection. For others, this is a desperate financial, family, mental, and/or physical health crisis.
St. John’s is working to meet everyone where they are at; calls to break the loneliness; virtual fellowship, formation, and worship for seekers; and practical help for those in need. Many of our members are looking for ways to be of service; a crew of sewers are making masks, teams of volunteers are calling fellow members, and we are witnessing incredibly generous giving.
For those able and eager to provide financial assistance we are participating in GiveAtHomeMN. Our goal is to raise $6,000 for St. John’s hunger relief ministries. We have secured a matching grant of $1,500. Combined with our goal this will provide $7,500 to feed our neighbors.
St. John’s Holy Apostles Farmer’s Market will be back in the church parking lot starting in June. The team are working to meet social distancing requirements so it will look quite different this year. However, our goal remains the same; to provide a safe and affordable space for the Holy Apostles farmers to make a living and to use donations to purchase produce from the farmers to be delivered to our neighborhood food shelves.
Last year we were able to donate 6,000 pounds of fresh food, feeding hundreds of families with healthy produce. This year’s need will be even greater, as is the need for your support. You can also help by sharing with others this invitation to make a difference. While there are many things that we are all worrying about during this pandemic, food security should not be one of them.
Any excess funds not used for our Farmers Market will be used for direct assistance to our hunger relief partners such as First Nations Kitchen, Project Home, Hallie Q Brown Community Center, and to advocate for those most disadvantaged during this pandemic. Together we can make sure that every person has access to food. And together we will get through this. Thank you for your generous support!
We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. We are all on different ships during this storm, experiencing a vastly different journey. And yet whatever our experience, as Julian of Norwich advises, “All Shall Be Well.”
Executive Administrator and Stewardship Chair