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Mar 02

Director's Notes - March

 

resizeSt. Patrick’s Day. We think of so many fun and celebratory traditions encircling this day, images of shamrocks and everything green. But the real story of Patrick reveals such deep and abiding truths. Profound truths.

Kidnapped and imprisoned, Patrick had to find a way to hold onto a God he barely knew when his long journey began. But held on, he did. Held on so tight that after being freed, he sought out his captors to share the truth of salvation, grace, and love. Quite a grip he had.

St. Patrick’s Day in elementary school was all about avoiding the pinch. But oh how Patrick knew the pinch! He lived in a perpetual painfully squeezed place as he sought to honor the God who sought him. We avoid the pinch; he pursued it for the sake of living the gospel.

Perhaps this month would be a good time to look around and see those living in a pinch. Economic restraint feels so tight to our friends and neighbors that they feel suffocated. Emotional pressure also constricts the heart, numbs the mind, and even slows the body. We are surrounded by those living in the pinch, in a crushing state of strain. We are enveloped by a wounded world’s ever-increasing desire to be free from all that binds.

What do we do? How are we to respond to need? God gave us such a great example in Patrick. Long before he was a saint, he was a guy. Just a guy, a teenager in fact, who was scared and confused and in need himself. God met him there and infused his heart with all he needed to go and do what he was called to. He walked Jesus’ path of love, and in so doing, left behind some lovely shamrock-shaped footsteps for us to follow. Under the three-leaved clover lies the footprint of the Master. May we follow it into fields of green, fields of harvest, fields of life.

 

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Feb 11

Director’s Notes

 

“Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us” – Ephesians 5:1

Love is all around us. The world is painted red and pink, tokens of affection abundant and ready to be lavished on dear ones. Somehow in these handful of days, we are more alive to the steady beat of love in our hearts. Love is all around us.

February 14 is a day we love to love. It feels light and airy with flowery emotion and kind sentiment, but St. Valentine knew great struggle. Our traditions lay on the back of one who was martyred for his defense of Christian love. His commitment and sacrifice bend our ear to another heartbeat: one that seeks to truly “walk in the way of love.”

Jesus lived and died the eternally perfect example of how to walk with love determining every step. On February 14, and 15, and 16, and every day after, are we not to do the same? To live love with deep deference to the needs of others?

Love has little value when not given away, shared with the world around us, particularly the world that is ever pulsating with need. The struggle for love that St. Valentine grappled has not ended. Need is ever before us. Only our response is in question.

I am constantly overwhelmed by the love poured out every day at We Care. Faithful volunteers display deep commitment and affection with every bag of food packed, every interview with clients, every call answered. Clients return that love with great gratitude and kindness. Bountiful donations pour in day after day, each a token of love. Valentines, every day.

The spirit of love, of Valentine’s Day, abounds in the daily happenings of this blessed place. May it ever be. And may you ever feel appreciated for all you do and welcomed to pour out more. We are all privileged to touch the sacred as we seek to walk in the way of love, on Valentine’s Day, and every day after. For the King and His glory!

Alecia Klauk

 

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Nov 16

Business Cares for We Care

The Business Cares for We Care annual food drive was a resounding success, with more than 2265 pounds of food, cleaning supplies and paper products collected on Saturday, November 14.

Volunteers from Chapin area businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and dancers from the Chapin Middle School Dance Teams manned the entrances at the Chapin Food Lion and Bi-Lo grocery stores for four hours to create awareness for the food pantry's needs. The Food Lion team collected over 800 pounds of canned goods, non-perishables, dish detergent and paper products. The Bi-Lo team, which included Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson, took top honors with more than 1400 pounds collected.

"Overall, it was a great day. This is one of our major food drives, and we rely heavily on it to stock our pantry," said We Care Executive Director Jeff McCormack. "May God bless the Chamber and its Small Business Networking Group for organizing this annual contest to help We Care!" 
  

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