Connecting with Community

Richardson Church Volunteers Partner with the Network
August 17, 2021

RICHARDSON, TEX. – On Sabbath, April 3, 2021, Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church volunteers partnered with the Network to give away 150 boxes of nonperishable food items.

The Network, which stands for Network of Community Ministries, “is a non-denominational, community-based organization serving nearly 30,000 individuals annually through over 142,000 units of service,” according to its website. They also provide senior citizens with home repair services and toys for children during the holiday.

During the outreach ministry that Sabbath, guests were invited to return the next day for a community event.

Community Spring Fest provided a family fun time with food and fellowship in the Richardson church parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Approximately 70 community members enjoyed the festivities, including hayrides, an obstacle course activity, food, snow cones and other games.

Every Sabbath, the Richardson church opens its small food pantry after the second service to share nonperishable food items with those in need.

Those needing additional help are referred to the Network, as it is currently expanding its facilities and services to better accommodate residents.

During the pandemic, many unemployed church members and visitors were given food and other necessities.

Jesus asks us to help those in need, sharing, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:40.

By Sharon Petchkurow