In these times of economic crisis, many families wonder how they will make it from payday to payday. Retired persons with fixed incomes, the elderly and disabled struggle to “make ends meet”. We are all affected in some way. Those with jobs struggle just to keep gasoline in the car so they can get to work. That’s why the ministry of Life Point Church is making such a difference. They had made the decision some years ago to step up to the plate and do something to bring relief to local citizens.
Thus, the Life Point Church opens its doors to West Hanover Township residents on the first Saturday of every month between the hours of 10 to 12 to fulfill the biblical command to give to others. The workers behind the scenes of this ministry are indeed fulfilling the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (King James Version).
Alyse Fazzi who directs the program considers herself part of a ministry team. She shared that there is a core group of workers who have helped from its beginning days. Starting with a modest group, the program has grown, making it possible to distribute food to an average of 30 families. There are nearly a hundred people who come to be blessed on food pantry day; and it is evident that the workers are blessed as well.
The volunteer workers prepare boxes of food at the church’s food pantry. As the residents come, the cartons are carried out to the vehicles as a service to the recipients. Several area schools occasionally provide students to assist at the food pantry. The students may become involved with the project by helping to haul the cartons of food or to assist in other ways.
The food pantry setting is casual and cordial, with coffee and donuts available for a bit of socializing. New applicants came to sign up and receive food when the photos for this Review were being taken. West Hanover Township residents are indeed blessed to have this ministry in their midst.
The Life Point food pantry is an affiliate with the Central PA Food Bank. Life Point receives food from a number of sources such as from the aforementioned Central bank and United Way, donations, school sponsored food drives, and from the church itself.
Reverend Glenn Peiffer is pastor of the Life Point Church, which is a nondenominational Christian church. It is located at 7733 Hillcrest Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17112.
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