Because of your generosity, of time, talent, and treasure, Third Church has not let the pandemic stop our work to minister to strangers, neighbors, and each other.
Our hunger programs are still serving the most vulnerable among us, thanks to the implementation of strict safety protocols. The Food Cupboard is providing groceries to around 35 families per week, and has waived the usual requirements around frequency and geography so anyone can receive the food they need. Dining Room Ministry has been serving an average of 40 lunches per week.
As an example of the need our hunger programs are filling, one Monday morning an unfamiliar couple arrived to the Food Cupboard and explained they were out of food. They hadn’t known what to do and had just been driving aimlessly, hoping to find a church or agency that could help, when they saw our Food Cupboard sign out on East Avenue. They were so grateful to have found us.
When Rochester Regional Health put out a call for donated protective equipment, a small group of Third Church volunteers mobilized to sew 50 cloth face masks and 20 hospital gowns. Staff members at RRH facilities were safer because the church was able to meet an unusual need during this exceptional time.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, you have donated more than $9,000 to the People’s Emergency Fund. This Fund is used to prevent evictions and utility shut-offs for people with housing insecurity, a group which we expect may grow with rising unemployment and furlough rates.
Also since the beginning of the crisis, you have shown remarkable generosity of spirit as we’ve navigated new territory together. Because of your graciousness and your willingness to learn new technologies, Third Church has been able to offer the spiritual nourishment and connection that we all crave, through online worship, fellowship, and study opportunities.
Thank you for all that you do, and all that you give, to sustain our ministry and life together.