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Funkstown church shows 'can'-do attitude

December 16, 2011
  • Members and friends of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown collected more than 2,000 items of nonperishable food for holiday baskets.
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In September, Pastor Mike Louia and the Worship and Music, Social Ministry and Outreach Committee at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown issued challenge to the congregation at St. Paul's.

Each person attending worship was asked to bring one nonperishable food item to worship each week. The result of that effort would be the collection of about 800 food items during the eight-week period. This collected food would be used to fill Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets given to families in the community.

Members got behind the effort, with help from the Funkstown Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Lion's Club. One member asked for donations of nonperishable food be brought to her birthday party in lieu of gifts.

On Sunday, Nov. 20, the congregation gathered for worship and saw that the worship space was filled with 2,095 items of nonperishable food.

Any items left over will be given to the Food Pantry at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

Although St. Paul's has been collecting food for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for years, this was the first year a challenge had been given. However, with this generous collection, church members said it would not be the last.





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