The Missions Committee has a new project that I am very pleased to tell you about and invite you to participate.
Our community in general, and our church in particular, continues to have excellent relationships with both the Irving Police Department and the Irving Fire Department. We are blessed with first responders who perform their duties in a highly professional manner and seem to have a genuine concern for the well-being of all of our citizens. The Missions Committee has been talking about how we might show our appreciation for the men and women who have a very difficult job in meeting the routine and the emergency needs of our Irving community.
In conversation with the Irving chief of police, we have made plans to say “thank you” in a tangible way to our first responders. During the next few Sundays, we will be collecting bottled water and snacks for one shift of the Irving Police Department. The plan is to do the same periodically during the year for the members of the Fire Department and each of the three shifts of the police department.
Each of the shifts at the Police Department includes about 100 officers and support staff who are on duty at any one time. So our initial goal is to collect 100 bottles of water to give to the Police Department. We are also planning to collect small, sealed snacks that the officers can take with them as they go on duty.
Sadly, the police and fire departments cannot accept any snacks that are homemade. But they can accept individual snacks that are store bought. That means things like cheese and peanut butter crackers, small packages of cookies, and similar items. We will be collecting the items at the church for the next three Sundays so that we can deliver them to the police stations before the Memorial Day weekend.
If you would like to join us in this big “thank you” to some of the people who help bring order and safety to our lives, next time you go shopping, grab some bottled water and a few small packages of cookies. When you drop that off at church, know that we will pass it on to a man or woman who does a job that is critical for our well-being and the well-being of our community. This is a very meaningful way to practice the golden rule.
I will hope to see you Sunday, or hear from you sooner if you need us.
Grace and Peace,