Continue our Manna Bag Ministry for our Homeless Friends and Neighbors from Home:
“Manna Bags” are simply a ziplock back filled with non-perishable food and some hygiene items that are helpful for those without permanent shelter. We’d normally pack those bags, together, at a service of Holy Eucharist. It’s always a tangible reminder that as we break bread together as the Body of Christ, we are called to nourish the world out of the abundance of love we receive from God.
Beloved, we are still the body of Christ, even when we can’t gather around the altar. We know that Christ’s presence is among us just as powerfully in these days. So, I’d like to invite you to make a few “Manna Bags” at home. And then, when you see a neighbor on the street as you go about your days, smile and give them one of those bags. No, it doesn’t solve the ever present reality of housing insecurity and homelessness; but, those bags provide a little hope, a little connection, and a little help. (Please do be careful in the process! Wear masks, wash your hands, practice safe distancing, you know the drill!)
For your next grocery procurement, here’s what we usually put in a Manna Bag (1 Gallon Ziplock back):
1. 1 12oz bottle of water
2. Plastic Cutlery (fork, knife, and spoon wrapped in a paper napkin)
3. 1 Pair Men’s Tall White Socks
4. A few wrapped peppermints
5. 1 Pack of Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
6.1 Pack of Nature’s Baker (or similar) Fig Bars
7. 1 Container of unsweetened applesauce
8. 1 Can of Vienna Sausage (Chicken or Beef)
9. 1 pack of moist towelettes
As always we are grateful for you, for your faith, for the love we share together as a community. If you have any questions about building Manna Bags or otherwise, lease don't hesitate to reach out.