We've received input from both a group of members, Backpack 4 Kids volunteers, Board of Directors, and staff - and our Board of Directors and Ministry Team have had an opportunity to see this exact information and share their input, too.
Psalm 107:9 says that God’s heart beats to satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things.
I believe that God wants to fill every hungry soul and belly. In fact, if you’re like me, sometimes you don’t have the ability to fill your soul without filling your belly, first. That’s just a human reality… the way God made us.
Now, I don’t know how that will literally happen. But, I know that God chooses you and me to be part of it.
Here in Central Pierce County, it looks like echoing God’s truth and promises face to face and through the internet waves. It also means that we get to be a big part of the solution of eliminating food insecurity in the Franklin Pierce School District by helping families gain access to healthy food.
Currently, we provide 300 weekly food bags to school district families. This project would over double our capacity. And, we know that there is a massive need beyond even that...
Today, I’m thrilled to share that we have been presented with the opportunity to expand West Campus to both over-double the weekly impact of our Backpacks 4 Kids program and provide incredible space for people to experience the unconditional love and timeless truth of Jesus.
This project would accomplish:
So here it is... the initial "reveal" of a potential space where people's souls and bellies can be filled with good things!
I've also linked a Project Summary Update to the end of this post which points out some massive highlights!
Will you pray for this potential project, everyday with me? Lord, give us wisdom to know how best to love and serve him and others with this potential opportunity.
Let me know what you think of the concept. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join me at our Town Hall Meeting on August 17 at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about the project. No registration is necessary. The meeting will also be online at oslc.com/townhall.
God’s heart beats here… and I’m so excited that we get to experience it all together!
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.