In keeping with the traditions of Lent, the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) invites your congregation to participate in a program of spiritual reflection, prayer, and giving. The hunger-relief organization is making its annual Lenten devotion program available, which challenges readers to take seriously the Scriptural injunction to care for the poor, while providing an opportunity to feed our hungry brothers and sisters at the same time.
Each day during Lent, a gifted writer will describe how knowing Jesus has made a difference in his or her life, using the theme "We've a Story to Tell."
As you make the journey to the cross this year, you are invited to use SoSA's devotional booklet to think of how a relationship with Jesus has changed your own life, and then to ponder the question: "Are you willing to share your story, and the story of our Savior, with others?"
To obtain a free sample church packet or a personal packet of the SoSA devotion and giving program and the optional "Good Friday Fast" booklet (for use in partnership with the daily devotions or as a stand-alone program), visit http://www.endhunger.org/lent.htm, call 800.333.4597, or email The Rev. Jennifer Vestal Moore at Church@EndHunger.org.
There is no charge for the program, but you are encouraged to make a donation.
The Society of St. Andrew is a national nonprofit organization which rescues some 25 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, excess produce each year – produce which otherwise would go to waste, for various marketing reasons – and distributes it to critical feeding agencies across the country, at no cost to the agencies or the hungry people they serve.
All donations will be used to gather and distribute nutritious food to those in need; more than 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to the food program.
It is hoped that your congregation will participate and make feeding our hungry brothers and sisters a priority during Lent. Through your involvement in the Society of St. Andrew's ministry, you and your church can provide nourishing food to those most in need, a ministry especially needed during these economically challenging times.
For more information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger-relief programs – Gleaning Network, Potato & Produce Project, Harvest of Hope, and Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative – visit www.endhunger.org.