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“What is a Hunger Action Congregation?”

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” – Proverbs 29:18

Dear Friends,

The above verse is written into the very cornerstone of our church building.  While it may sound initially harsh, there is eternal truth in the 29th Proverb: Where there is no vision, the people perish.  Without a vision for the future, the church withers.  Without a common goal to pursue, people lose enthusiasm. Without mission, the church loses its purpose.

I am very proud of our Presbytery for adopting a shared vision for 2019: “Uprooting Hunger.” In the year of 2019, the year that I serve as Presbytery Moderator, the congregations of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy will work together to create a massive effort to combat hunger and foster greater food justice, both in our region and around the world.  At our December meeting, your Session voted to join the Presbytery’s vision by becoming a Hunger Action Congregation! As such, “Uprooting Hunger” will also be PCW’s vision for 2019 as well.

So, what is a Hunger Action Congregation (HAC)? These congregations have achieved official certification by participating in six categories of Hunger Action: 1. Hunger Alleviation, 2. Development Assistance, 3. Hunger Education, 4. Lifestyle Integrity, 5. Corporate and Public Policy Witness, and 6. Worship.

The first step toward becoming a HAC has already happened!  Through our Weekend Meals on Wheels Program, Mission Garden and other ministries, we already do work in one of those six categories: Hunger Alleviation. That means we have achieved the status of “Covenanting” Hunger Action Congregation. And, for our existing efforts, we will receive a $100 grant for our Weekend Meals on Wheels ministry.

To become a “Certified” Hunger Action Congregation, the Mission/Outreach Committee and I will ensure that PCW participates somehow in all six categories during 2019. When we reach that status, the Presbytery will award us with another grant in the amount of $250 for the Weekend Meals on Wheels ministry.

According to the Presbyterian Hunger Program of our General Assembly, one in every seven people in Missouri are facing some sort of hunger crisis. The national average is one out of eight.  In Missouri, one out of every six children struggles with hunger. And, we believe that God calls the church of Jesus Christ to some sort of action.

We may not be able to feed everyone, we may not be able to solve the hunger problem. But, PCW can make a difference.  And, as we partner with the other congregations of this Presbytery, we can make a significant difference in 2019. 

Becoming a certified HAC is just one vision for 2019. You will hear of others. But, in terms of “Mission” this will be a significant one!  If you would like more information on the Hunger Action Team of the Presbytery, visit www.glpby.org.

Happy New Year and may 2019 be a year of significant “vision!”

Pastor Pat