The United Ministries mission is to serve and empower those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. United Ministries offers help with education and employment, crisis assistance, and homeless services. Its food pantry offers help with one of the immediate needs of those in crisis.

According to Johanne Puckett, the United Ministries Volunteer Food Coordinator, September through December is the time at which the demand for food is at its highest. As of August 20, 2019, the pantry was already low on food.

Most of us reading this live at least somewhat comfortably and do not worry about from where our next meal is coming, but many others in Greenville do. Can you imagine after losing a job or worse, maybe losing a spouse, not knowing if you would have enough money to put food on the table or in the mouths of your children? Have you ever been in a financial crisis? Have you ever been physically hungry? We have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those that are in such a quandary!

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for our September Fruit Can Collection Drive! Remember last year when Jim Dant asked us to each bring in 10 cans for his birthday. Well, as a reminder, his birthday is September 22, and I think we need to show him some love! We will be collecting, specifically, individual size or 15 oz. size cans of fruit. You may drop off your gift at  the AYMC Reception Desk and the Fellowship Hall Lobby. Let’s show Jim Dant just how much we love and appreciate him by donating in his honor, while making a difference in other people’s lives here in our community.

Thank you, First Baptist Congregants, for all your past generosity and for your future generosity! Happy Birthday to Jim Dant and blessings to all those who will benefit from your gift of love.

—Emily Fayssoux,
Missions Committee

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