Fishers UMC Blog

Planting Seeds

As a church ministry I feel blessed that we can share Gods love with our little children.  They are like little sponges that soak up everything they hear and are so eager to learn.  This school year we have read and talked about Genesis 1. “The Beginning”.  It is amazing what God has created, each one of us - so special and so different yet, perfect in his eyes. Everything he created he created for us.  Wow, what an awesome God!

Recently in Chapel we explored Spring.  Everything is turning green and so many beautiful colors.  Did God really make all this for us? All the trees, fruits, vegetables and flowers. So many that we can’t name all of them, we did try!  God even remembered to create the seeds so we would always have food and flowers.  As we looked inside many different fruit and vegetables to see the seeds, no two of them were the same.  God thought of everything and all ways provides for us.  He loves each one of us so much.  So as each of the preschool children plant Zinnia seeds in our flowerbed we will remember how much God loves us and how much we should love one another.   Genesis 1: 11 says God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit” – and it was done and God was pleased.  As we closed chapel today one of our little girls said “God did a good job!”  He did indeed, so enjoy all things he created.

Jane Musser
Director of the Fishers UMC Preschool/Mother's Day Out
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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night, 10 years ago this month, that the dream of a Food Pantry became a reality.  Church members watched in wonder as God worked out his plan for our church and community.  We had just purchased the old Lion’s Club and the basement seemed perfect to house food.  With a handful of faithful workers the basement was cleaned out, shelves were built, walls power washed and freezers brought in.  Trustees approved our business plan and several of us set out to serve the Community .

When I look back on those years I realize what an amazing journey it has been.  God knew there was going to be a difficult time ahead – the recession in 2008-2009, so he gave us a year to get our act together. And provide he did.  There were many Wednesdays when we’d look at our depleted shelves and wonder how we’d be able to open the next week.  We’d all join in prayer and a few days later food would come in or someone would drop off a check at the church. We never had to turn away someone that was in need. 

When we started the pantry we didn’t want it to be like any others.  We wanted to offer more than food -we wanted to offer a listening ear.  Our advocates spend quality time with all of the individuals that come to the pantry while others in the basement fill each order.  As the years have gone by we’ve heard sad stories but many uplifting stories about how God has worked in many of our lives.

Through the years we’ve had hundreds of volunteers both from our church, from other churches and throughout the Community. On Wednesday August 30th we are going to have a Volunteer Recognition Dinner to thank everyone that has had a hand in making this pantry a success. We’d love to see you there and hear your stories. 

Thank you for being a servant of God.

Linda Williams
Director of the “Come To Me Food Pantry”
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