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Grace Family, Friends and Visitors:
The Young Adults of GUMC have three exciting opportunities to share and invite you to participate in.
Opportunity #1: Share Your Winter Wear - “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” - Matthew 25:40 (NIV). The Winter Wear (coat rack) project is meeting a need in our community. Without Gary Voyles constant participation, this project would not be possible. Gary has shared stories from those in need who came to Grace to get a coat. For example: A woman using a bath towel because she did not have a coat was able to find a winter jacket from our coat rack. Some people have asked if they could take a hanger with the coat because they did not have one. An entire van of homeless people came to select a coat and other winter gear. “Truly the presence of the Lord is in” Grace.
Since the week before Christmas, we have given away over six large bags of winter wear items, but we are now out. We need more coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc. Please consider checking your closets and asking neighbors, family, and colleagues to contribute. When you bring items, please hang them on the rack (located by the door to the parking lot at the back of the church if it is not outside). If there isn't room on the rack, please put your items by the back door. Let’s continue to share our abundance with those in need.
Opportunity #2: Food Insecurity in STL - What do you know about food insecurity in our community? Would you like to know more and learn from an expert in the area? If so, please join us for a pot luck luncheon on Sunday, February 24 following the 10:30 a.m. service to share a meal and hear from Melissa Vatterott, the Food & Farm Director at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE). Melissa graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014, where she focused her studies in environmental and natural resource law. With a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri, Melissa has particular appreciation for soil conservation and environmental and agricultural policy.
Since writing MCE's (2014) St. Louis Regional Food Study (https://www.moenvironment.org/17-food-and-farm/185-food-study-launch-page). Melissa works to support environmentally-responsible farming practices and local food systems across the state. In her role at MCE, Melissa also leads the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (https://www.moenvironment.org/17-food-and-farm/341-saint-louis-food-policy-coalition) a group of organizations working to promote a thriving local food system that supports the health, community, environment, and economy of the greater Saint Louis area. To learn more about the St. Louis Regional Foodshed Watch (https://www.moenvironment.org/17-food-and-farm/234-projects-that-support-thriving-local-food-systemswatch).
On February 24, Melissa will share with us the landscape of food insecurity in the St. Louis region, share information on some of the efforts addressing food insecurity, and present how Grace can be engaged in these efforts. Please bring a dish or two to share, enjoy the potluck, and learn from Melissa.