Carolyn Smith, our Community Food Pantry Coordinator, with some of the many turkey-filled ice chests donated by our members and friends.
Hillcrest is now in the 10th week of continuing to serve our community even as we are separated from the power grid following a car accident on Sept. 20 that took out a power pole (Why, you ask, is it taking so long to get back up and running on the electrical power grid? Well, that’s another story which involves a certain power company. Meanwhile….)
Our Food Pantry, like all of our social service ministries, is fully volunteer run, and serves over 5,000 people per year. For the past 10 weeks we have been operating with no refrigeration and no freezers. Is that hard to do? YES. Do we ache that we can’t serve our friends, neighbors, and clients as well as we’d like? YES. Is a little thing like having no refrigeration or freezers available gonna keep us from providing folks turkeys for Thanksgiving. Heck no!
With thanks to all of our volunteers, to all who donate, and to the spirit of Hillcrest which, along with God’s Holy Spirit, keeps us moving and thriving even in trying conditions.
Blessings this Thanksgiving!
Rev. Dr. Fred Weidmann, Senior Minister
Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC
404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523