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August 14, 2020

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Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to pray for Joe Martin, a First Community staff member.
  • We hold Donna Powers in our prayers, and send condolences on the recent loss of her daughter.
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

August 6, Thursday: 27 households
August 11, Tuesday: 56 households
August 12, Wednesday: 32 households
August 13, Thursday: 34 households

News

Message from Our Director

Thank you for your constant support of Heart to Heart, a First Community mission.

We have some exciting news forthcoming. Please stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts and tag a family member or friend!

We are grateful for You. We are grateful for God.

Blessings,

Lamar

Pet Portrait Fundraiser

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Monthly Order

Click below to view the order from Mid-Ohio Food Collective that we received this past Monday, August 10.

August Order

Kroger Community Rewards

Through this program, First Community Missions earns more than $6000 per year which is then given to support our own food pantry, Heart to Heart.

In the period beginning May 1 and ending July 31, 2020, this program earned $1157.61 toward Heart to Heart with 261 households participating. Thank you!

Program Details

Week in Pictures

Upcoming Events

Social Media Giveaway

You could win one of 8 gift cards by engaging with us on social media Aug 17-24. We have 6 gift cards for Kroger, 1 for Giant Eagle, and 1 for Advance Auto Parts available for our clients to win. Check our Facebook and Instagram daily beginning Aug 17 for your chance to win!

Official Contest Rules

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

August 7, 2020

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Weekly Update

Service Statistics

August 4, Tuesday: 56 households
August 5, Wednesday: 26 households

Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to pray for Joe Martin, a First Community staff member.
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

News

Pet Portrait Fundraiser

Click Here

Week in Pictures

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

August 1, 2020

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Weekly Update

Service Statistics

July 28, Tuesday: 38 households
July 30, Thursday: 33 households

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for Joe Martin, a First Community staff member.

Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Photo of the Week

Over two hundred pounds of fresh produce was delivered on Tuesday to Heart to Heart from the Greg Lashutka family farm.  Thanks, Greg, and everyone who donated fresh produce to the pantry.  Clients love it!

Volunteer of the Month: August

You can view past and present Volunteer of the Month posts on this page. Bryan Smith, better known as Smitty, is our volunteer of the month for August. Click here to read his statement and learn more about him. Below is a flyer from Smitty and Creative Canvas Columbus who will be doing a fundraiser for Heart to Heart. They have extended the date through the end of August! Thank you, Smitty!

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

July 25, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

July 14, Tuesday: 39 households
July 15, Wednesday: 25 households
July 16, Thursday: 39 households
July 21, Tuesday: 46 households
July 22, Wednesday: 25 households
July 23, Thursday: 46 households

Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to pray for Joe Martin, a First Community staff member.
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

News

Week in Pictures

Pop-UPdate

by Janice Rook

On Wednesday, July 15, the Pop-Up Pantry traveled to The Commons at Grant, a supportive housing complex for clients managed by National Church Residences.  Food was bagged with stock from Lincoln Road as well as produce from the pantry and delivered to 25 residents at the complex.  A few residents were outside upon our arrival and expressed appreciation for bringing the food to their residence.  Danielle, the case manager, also expressed her thanks to our team.

Thanks to the team members; Kitty Rohrer, Kathleen Hatcher, Rose Kandel, Melody Smiley and Janice Rook.

On Wednesday, July 22, the Pop-Up Pantry team delivered food to 25 clients at North 22nd Street, a 32-unit supported housing complex for clients with mental health needs managed by National Church Residences and part of the Community Housing Network.   Food was bagged with stock from Lincoln Road, bread and produce from the pantry, and produce from our church garden.  It was then delivered to the site.  Our contact, Christine, and another staff member met us upon arrival, and bags were unloaded with assistance from three of the clients.  Staff and the clients expressed much appreciation for our efforts.

Thanks to our team members today, Kitty Rohrer, Kathleen Hatcher, Rose Kandel, Melody Smiley and Janice Rook. Thanks to Melody for donating bar soap for each of the clients. Thanks to Kitty for doing the data entry and record-keeping.

Below is a picture of Kitty, Rose, and the staff, Christine and Rachel, showing their Ohio spirit.

Since there are five Wednesdays in July, we will not be running the Pop-Up Pantry next Wednesday.  Our next pantry date will be on August 5.

If you are interested in volunteering for this new opportunity, please contact Janice Rook or Melody Smiley

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

July 11, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Thank you for your prayers for Diane Sturges and her mother, who is doing well.
  • Please continue to pray for Joe Martin, a First Community staff member.
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

July 7, Tuesday: 32 households served
July 8, Wednesday: 25 households served (Pop-Up Pantry)
July 9, Thursday: 42 households served

News

Update from Director

by Lamar Graham

The vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:

Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God.

Pictured here is Anthony Bright

Anthony Bright’s last visit to Heart to Heart was in 2016. Since then, he has had steady employment, putting him in a financial position to provide for his wife and twin daughters. Anthony periodically stops by Heart to Heart just to say hello.

It brings great joy to see Heart to Heart clients find employment and no longer in need of our services. At the same time, we want the community at large and especially our clients to know, we are here for your food, spiritual, mental, and emotional needs. We take great pride in providing quality of service beyond food. We believe what makes our clients experience unique is our interaction with each client that visits us.

We will continue to fulfill our mission to “cultivate a loving community, honoring individual gifts, feeding bodies and souls, and seeing everyone as a child of God” as long as God gives us the grace to continue to do so.

Thank you for you support in providing families like Anthony’s an opportunity—an opportunity to thrive.

Blast from the Past: 2013

Take a look at a few photos from 2013 to see how far we have come since then!

Pop-UPdate

by Janice Rook

This week the Pop Up Pantry traveled to Southpoint Place, a supportive housing complex for families managed by National Church Residences.  Again this week, food was bagged with stock from Lincoln Road.  It was then delivered to our designated site in south Columbus.  Bags were delivered to each family at their doorstep.  25 families were served.  Several clients were at their doors when we arrived.  They expressed thanks for bringing the food to their homes.  The bagging and distribution process went smoothly without issues.

Thanks to our team members today, Kitty Rohrer, Kathleen Hatcher and Rose Kandel.  Melody and I were there again to coordinate volunteer activities.  Kitty is entering the client families into Pantry Trak.  Rose donated soap and deodorant for each family.

Thank you for helping us load the bags of food into our cars.

Attached is the spreadsheet for the agency contacts.  Also attached are pictures.

We look forward to continuing the Pop Up Pantry next Wednesday.

If you are interested in volunteering for this new opportunity, please contact Janice Rook or Melody Smiley

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

July 4, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Diane Sturges and her mother
  • Joe Martin, First Community staff member
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

June 30, Tuesday: 52 households served
July 2, Thursday: 31 households served

News

Update from Director

Hi friends,

Heart to Heart is still here! We are aware that unemployment benefits are scheduled to be cut at the end of July. The majority of the clientele we see at Heart to Heart is usually a mom with 2-3 children. If benefits are cut for our families, this could create a need for more assistance. Pre COVID-19, a family of four could make a yearly income of $51,499 before being eligible to visit food pantries according to Ohio Department of Job and Family Service. Since COVID-19 a family of four can make a yearly income of up to $59,225. With the factors of unemployment, COVID-19, changing income guidelines, etc. this could mean we are in for a challenge, however we are embracing it.

We started our Pre-Packaged initiative on March 17, and we plan on continuing this process until further notice. Our very first day on March 17, we served 92 households and on the very next day March 19, we served 63 households. Since then our numbers haven’t been as high. I would attribute our number going down due to families having additional funding for food via unemployment in addition to schools helping with food and extra funding.

Whatever challenges may arise, Heart to Heart is still here. Your support through this pandemic has been matchless. We appreciate your advocacy, financial support, your volunteering, and most importantly your love and prayers. We could not do what we do without your help. Keep us in mind over the next couple of weeks as we prepare to be a blessing to each client that visits us.

With God’s help all things are possible,

Lamar

Week in Pictures

First Pop-Up Pantry a Success

by Janice Rook

We are delighted to share that the Pop Up Pantry went smoothly today.  As you saw, food was bagged quickly with stock from Lincoln Road.  It was then delivered to our designated site, Commons at Livingston, a supported housing complex for veterans managed by National Church Residences.  Several clients were outside the entrance when we arrived.  Our contact, Joyce, met us, and bags were unloaded without any difficulty.  Joyce and the clients expressed their appreciation for our efforts.

Thanks to our team members today, Kitty Rohrer, Kathleen Hatcher, and Rose Kandel.  Melody and I were there to train and coordinate volunteer activities.  Kitty donated loaves of bread and jelly for each client. Additionally, Kathleen donated bar soap and deodorant and Janice donated full-size shampoo for each client.

If you are interested in volunteering for this new opportunity, please contact Janice Rook or Melody Smiley

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

June 27, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Our condolences to Lynn Gutches Snowden on the passing of her husband, Hank, on June 19.
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

June 13, Tuesday: 23 households served
June 25, Thursday: 31 households served

News

Announcing New Pop-Up Pantry

by Janice Rook

With food insecurity continuing to grow in Central Ohio during the recent widespread pandemic, Heart to Heart is expanding its mission by reaching out to serve clients and their families directly in their local communities while continuing to provide our current drive-through service.

Pop Up Pantry sites will be established working in partnership with local community agencies, such as supportive housing complexes, senior centers and neighborhood community centers and other community-based organizations.  Food from our pantry will be bagged and delivered to an agency’s site location for distribution to clients and their families.

The Pop Up Pantry will operate once a week with a small team of volunteers.  All Pop Up Pantry volunteers will follow current COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing, face covering and hand hygiene, to ensure a safe environment.

Through the Pop Up Pantry, Heart to Heart continues to further the mission of First Community in serving others as God calls us to do and in meeting the needs of our local community during a time of a serious and widespread pandemic and increased food insecurity.

If you are interested in volunteering for this new opportunity, please contact Janice Rook or Melody Smiley

Closed Next Friday

As Independence Day falls on a Saturday, we will be closed the preceding Friday, July 3, for volunteer shifts. We wish you all a fun and safe holiday.

This Week in Photos

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

June 23, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

June 16, Tuesday: 33 households served
June 18, Thursday: 38 households served

News

Reflection: Look at God

This picture seen here was put in the Whole Foods Markert on Dublin Rd. It was a paint by number that was open for the community to come in to paint. The image was created by Jeremy Arts Studio. The canvas we first had installed on the side of the building of the annex dry rotted and is now replaced by the canvas you now see. This partnership was created by the Harmony Project. Whole Foods Market on Lane Ave also donated enough food that lasted us at least 3 months or more at that time back in 2013.

Week in Photos

Volunteer

The Sign Up Genius has been posted for July and August. As Independence Day falls on a Saturday, we will be closed the preceding Friday, July 3, for volunteer shifts. We wish you all a fun and safe holiday.

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

June 12, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

June 9, Tuesday: 45 households served
June 11, Thursday: 43 households served

News

Connor McCormick

Last week you read about Connor’s history with First Community. We shared that Connor volunteered to do his final Eagle Scout project to benefit Heart to Heart and the Trading Post. This week we share photos from the beginning to the end!

Week in Photos

Black Lives Matter

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson

If you are looking to join in the fight against racism in this country and want to play a role with us at Heart to Heart, follow the link  below to learn more.

Click here for article at Medium.com

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

June 5, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

June 2, Tuesday: 30 households served
June 4, Thursday: 43 households served

News

Connor McCormick

We needed shelving in the basement of Lincoln Road Chapel to store excess food for the pantry! No worries, Connor McCormick comes to the rescue. Connor is the neighbor of Kitty and Dick Rohrer. Some time ago, I asked my volunteers what they needed to do their jobs more effectively.

Melody Smiley stepped up to the plate and said we needed shelving! We then put shelving on our big wish list. Well, the shelving request became a reality today, and Connor McCormick made it happen.

Connor is a Boys Scout and is working to complete his Eagle Scout rank. For his service project, he chose Heart to Heart and completed some much-needed shelving units. These shelving units will provide better organization and prevent damage to the pantry inventory if flooding occurs in the basement of Lincoln Road Chapel.

The best part about working with Connor on this project is that he attended preschool in the very building in which he built the shelves. This Eagle Scout project is befitting for Connor, one of First Community Church’s own.

Week in Photos

A lot of prep work goes into the drive-thru system we have been running since March. Here are some photos of our volunteers at work, bagging groceries for our clients.

Black Lives Matter

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson

If you are looking to join in the fight against racism in this country and want to play a role with us at Heart to Heart, follow the link  below to learn more.

Click here for article at Medium.com

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God