Stock the Pantry!

Stock the Pantry!

This month, we invite you to help us stock the Fairview Heights Food Pantry.

At our Fall Program, at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 22 at Fairview Heights Public Library, we will collect items for neighbors in need.

Please bring: dry beans, bags of rice, cake mix & frosting, brownie mix, pasta of all kinds (dry), spaghetti sauce, canned pastas, mac & cheese (boxed), diced tomatoes, all veggies (canned) except corn and green beans, boxes of instant mashed potatoes, soups, especially cream of mushroom/chicken (not so much chicken noodle), canned meats (hams, chicken, beef stew, chicken & dumplings), tuna, cereal  (especially Cheerios and sweetened kinds), paper towels, chili with and without beans, Hamburger Helper (all kinds), stuffing mixes, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruits (all kinds), Jello, pudding, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

Gardeners who wish to donate fresh produce are always welcome.

Let’s make a difference together!

Click here for a printable list to take along to the grocery store.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

“When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.”  -Jesus, recorded in Matthew 6:3-4

This is how Eugene Peterson’s The Message renders Jesus’ instruction on serving others quietly, “working behind the scenes.” Women4given’s president, Marsha Heffner, recently echoed this emphasis on doing good behind the scenes:

marsha thinkingWhen our girls were younger, our family had a puppet ministry. We performed special shows for Christmas, Mother-Daughter banquets, and VBS. Our daughters were shy then but really came to life behind the puppets. I was also more comfortable “behind the scenes.”

I want to share an example of making an impact behind the scenes. NyJae is a girl who recently graduated from East St. Louis High School. She became involved with Rebirth while running track and cross-country and gave her life to Christ. This summer, she was part of Rebirth’s Summer Internship program.

Here’s a look at how W4G played a part behind that scene: collectively Women4given awarded Rebirth a grant to help start a ministry for high school girls by hiring a girls’ track coaching assistant named Mollie. Mollie was able to start a Bible study and impact several young girls’ lives. This year, we awarded a grant to Rebirth to help purchase a home to be renovated and hire young student interns to gain work experience.

We support Rebirth; Rebirth supports NyJae.

NyJae will be attending Indiana State University in the fall. Can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young lady!

Thank you for being a part of our collective, behind-the-scenes work!

Rebirth ESL 2015
Letter of Thanks from Shane Fast of Rebirth: East St. Louis, August 17, 2015