Hot Christmas meals will still be served to those in need
I want to say how grateful I am to our donors, volunteers, participants and staff who are committed so dearly to feeding people during the holidays. Our Thanksgiving banquet was a success! We didn’t foresee every problem we’d encounter, and everyone was exhausted by the end, but it was inspiring to see how dedicated our workers were! While we go back to feeding and caring for the least of these throughout the week, we’re also getting ready for our Christmas banquet this month.
As is tradition, we will serve oven-roasted turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, a dessert and a bottled drink. Santa Maria Foursquare Church has agreed to partner with us again, graciously providing the use of their property and their selfless volunteers. We’ll do the same to-go format, offering walkup and drive-up options to our guests, and we’ll observe all COVID-19 precautions. As in past years, we will be giving away Christmas trees and toys to our guests. Finally, we will also seek to assist our guests with long-term help by referring people to help with employment opportunities, mental health needs, and affordable housing.
As we prepare for this banquet, may we all be encouraged by God’s promise in Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” For most of us, it’s a relief to see 2020 in our rearview mirrors. But let us not lose heart, because there is still work to do! We aren’t promised that 2021 will be easier. But in 2021, God will keep his promises! God promises in his word that if we care for those who are in need, he will care for our needs.
I pray endurance for those of you who are supporting the Mission with your prayers. We covet them! I pray for your health if God is asking you to support us through volunteering. I pray for your peace if God is asking you to support our work through your finances. We’ve seen time and time again: people who live on the Central Coast care for those who are suffering in our community. We are grateful for your sacrifices and look forward to celebrating with you the lives changed for good in Jesus’ name!