“Park Street Church has a longstanding partnership with First Congregational Church of Revere. We are glad to partner again with you in our Food Pantry Ministry. Over the years it has been one of the ways that we have shared the love of Jesus with our community. We hope in these days, especially, that the love of God will be seen in how we serve and care for others.”
Rev. Nick Granitsas – Senior Pastor 46 yrs at First Congregational Church Revere
Who We Serve
First Congregational Church of Revere is a sister church in the Conservative Christian Church Conference. In April, 2020, Rev. Bogertman stated: “In any given week during this time of year, we might have 50-60 people per week, but never this many people – it’s unprecedented.” Bogertman was referencing the over 300 people who were lined up to receive food. Crowds were so large that the Food Pantry was moved from the church site to a local Public School and city volunteers arrived to assist.
Wendy Baur, has been director of the Pantry since 2002 and a volunteer since 1997. Wendy is our site liaison. The challenge ahead for this church, with such an expanded demographic in need, will be to relocate back to the church site in the Fall when school is in session.
Rather than a Lead of a team, I consider myself a follower of Jesus. I am serving because Jesus served. I guess you can add “My goal is to draw myself and others closer to God while in the process of serving others.”
I serve as the primary contact point for Wendy Baur. It has been a joy working closely with her and seeing how her faith grounds her and informs her work. She is an amazing woman whose faithfulness and love for God is a constant source of encouragement.
I have also loved working with Mara. Our work has given us ample opportunity to learn to trust and rely on one another, and we have discovered, with delight, each other’s gifts and strengths.
Weekly Updates november 16-20
- Olu had working session with Bill O’Keefe on 11/11/20 to review work needed to transfer pantry data to Link2feed platform
- Olu: researching stylus for use with iPads in the cold.
- Prayer for safe and successful Thanksgiving turkeys distribution this upcoming Saturday, Nov 21th
- Prayer for staff, volunteers, and Wendy herself as they manage stress and high volume of clients and traffic as temperatures drop.
- Prayer for planning and decisions needed for December distribution of hams (and possibly toys).
The grant of $24,000, to be used over three months, was awarded by the Boston Resiliency Fund, dedicated to helping community groups provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning students, and support to first responders and health care workers in Boston.
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