Thursday, April 9, 2020

Venango County Christian Ministerium utilizes local pizzerias to bless healthcare workers

On Thursday, April 9th, the Venango County Christian Ministerium coordinated the delivery of dozens of pizzas for the staff at five healthcare facilities throughout the county.  Given the isolation and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, local churches were eager to show support for, and solidarity with, those tasked with continuing to provide care for our family members, friends, and neighbors.  In addition, the symbolism of providing a meal to those who don't normally get holidays off, when the Church would typically be gathering together to commemorate the Last Supper, reminds us that the Church must continue to "go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find." (Matthew 22:1-14)  There will always be people who cannot physically be at our church when we gather to worship, whether they be Christians with job responsibilities, transportation, or mobility challenges, or simply those who do not yet know the Good News about Jesus Christ.  We must always reach out into our community with the salt and light of the Gospel.

Our thanks to those who participated and helped bring this blessing, including Fox's Pizza in Franklin and Sweet Basil in Shippenville.  In addition, we discovered along the way that several of our targeted healthcare facilities were already being blessed today by local individuals or businesses with a free meal.  They beat us to the punch, but it encourages our hearts to know that others too are seeking to spread kindness during these difficult times.

The VCCM will continue to seek ways to help to those in need in our community, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.  To monetarily support the efforts of the VCCM during this crisis, please send a check made out to the Franklin Christian Ministerium to Grace United Methodist Church, 350 Front St, Franklin, PA 16323, with "Covid-19" in the memo line; thank you.

Rochelle Vroman of Fox's hands pizzas to Lyn Serafin of The Caring Place in Franklin

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