Spring and Lent are approaching and we are once again challenged to recall our many blessings and to answer our call to serve others. The annual drive to support Skyline begins the first Sunday of March and ends on Palm Sunday. We’ll again be joined by Edmond-New Covenant and are pleased to welcome OKC-Quail Springs United Methodist Church to the Skyline Lenten Challenge.
Each dollar contributed will be equivalent to a pound of food and the total pounds of food collected by each church will be divided by the 2016 reported average attendance for that congregation.
The $20,000 collected last year enabled Skyline to purchase a box truck with which to pick up, otherwise surplus food, particularly meat and produce, from local grocers. This is more efficient and economical, allowing more of their resources to go towards food and household goods.
Retail grocery stores and the Regional Food Bank have a surplus of free and low cost frozen meat which is available to Skyline. However, they lack freezer space to store it, which keeps them from taking advantage of its availability. Thus some of the funds collected will go towards the purchase and installation of a 777 cubic foot freezer unit, estimated at approximately $11,000.
For the third year our Youth will hold a scavenger hunt for food on Palm Sunday. Children participating in the Easter Egg hunt will be asked to bring canned items. In addition, if you have items for the clothing closet bring them as well.
We will kick off the campaign on March 5th with the Mission Committee Annual Pancake Breakfast. Staff members from Skyline will be present to assist and all profits will go towards the freezer purchase with excess to the general campaign.