We are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, to bring about greater awareness of food insecurity and get more involvement in our services through donations and volunteer support. FHL has participated in #GivingTuesday in the past years with success. Merlin Gonzales, President/CEO of FHL, “is very glad to be involved with the #GivingTuesdayNow program. Our aim is to generate more awareness and support for FHL and other similar organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic posed some challenges, but we are moving forward in spite of it anyway. The drive thru pantry is one way that exemplifies this forward momentum.” “As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.” Those interested in Faith Hope Love Community’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit our website. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the Giving Tuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter
Tomorrow, Friday, May 1st is the Pre-Grand opening starting at noon…
Lunch will be on FHL…Celebrate with us tomorrow for the pre-Grand Opening of the FHL MFP Drive-thru missional food pantry as we give BBQ Family meal packs good for 4 individuals with bread, drinks, chips, tortillas, and dessert.
Stay home… Stay connected… Yesterday, we spoke about the plight of small urban churches. An associate pastor of a small urban Latino church shares the challenges of his church and his congregation. What if you could help someone?
My Father’s Table MFP at Cross Church Update
Find out what it feels like serving at a food pantry during COVID19. Kim, the Missional Food Pantry Director at Cross Church, shares what happened last Thursday night.
What’s it like in Serbia during a Pandemic?
Luka Obradovic, shares the environment and the state of his small town called Niš in Serbia. He alsos share about the food insecurity in his town and how they are coping with this issue.
Joint Christian Response with Jim Cotterill
Before cofounding UNITE INDY, Jim and Nancy Cotterill also coauthored the book “World-Changing Generosity”
During the prior decade, Jim served as president of National Christian Foundation Indiana, where he strived to spread the message of biblical generosity. Under his leadership, NCF Indiana granted more than $155 million to churches, ministries and other charities serving God, people and causes from Indiana to India.
Prior to his not-for-profit career, Jim spent more than 22 years in the publishing business, where he was involved in starting and growing weekly business newspapers and monthly business and city magazines in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio.
Before the FHL Table Talk #55 was aired on Thursday, at 11am, Merlin interviewed each of the guest speakers separately. Below are their interviews.
Indianapolis Joint Leaders’ member, Larry Smith is the Founder & President of Leading Edge Advisory Firm (LEAF LLC), a consultancy that he founded in 2009. Larry is the former Managing Director of Indiana University’s Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. The Tobias Leadership Center seeks to transform the practice and theory of leadership across sectors.
Milele Kennedy is the Food Policy and Program Coordinator for the City of Indianapolis. Coming from Indy Parks as the USDA Food Programs Grant Manager, her primary role was a state and federal food program management and creating partnerships with organizations to feed hungry youth in Marion County. Previously employed by the Department of Defense.
Meet one of the Speakers for the 55th Table Talk, Inspire Your Generation. Unai Andres is a GIS and data analyst at the Polis Center and SAVI, where he focuses on data analysis and data literacy education. His expertise is in mixed methods research, GIS software, and food access. Unai previously worked for the Muncie Food Hub Partnership.
Finally, on Thursday, April 9th, everyone was gathered online using our new streaming platform for FHL Table Talk #55. Enjoy.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-14 (NIV)
Last week Cross Church and University UMC had a wonderful MFP and at least 2 people got saved and baptized. Yesterday, Indy Vineyard and Nueva Esperanza MFP served a total of 100+ households and at least 6 salvations!
Tomorrow, Barnes UMC is planning to do their MFP on the parking lot (call them first before visiting due to the fluidity of the pandemic).
The hungry are being fed and the Gospel is advancing!
FHL is now working on remote communications, meetings, pieces of training and possibly the monthly Table Talk at least in April.
We need your financial help more than ever to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and in the innovation of new modes of doing ministry, both in the front lines, training and administratively.
Please consider giving sacrificially by mailing your check to 1100 W. 42nd St. Ste. #365, Indianapolis, IN 46208 or donating online
Merlin Gonzales, President, Faith, Hope and Love Community And the FHL Team