Center for Lay Ministries

Food Pantry/Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services

CLM MONTHLY COLUMN

Our Ministry Makes a Difference to Many

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:40 AM

MISSION POSSIBLE:  A Peaceful Day

Column #6

By Greg Henderzahs, Executive Director, Center for Lay Ministries

In early March, I was sitting in my office at CLM admiring the snow which was coming down at a very rapid pace. So beautiful, peaceful and pure and I knew the children will be out soon with their sleds. Our pantry was closed due to weather and I was a little surprised when I saw a gentleman walking away from our front door. I ran out to inquire about his need. He told me that he needed food and wasn’t aware of the pantry closure. I learned that he had walked quite a distance to seek food at our pantry. I invited him to come in and warm up. I gave him his allotment of food and was pleased that his need was fulfilled. After he went on his way, I couldn’t help thinking about the homeless gentleman and the many others who walk through our doors every day of every week. When times may look so good for some, they can be desperate or very painful for others.

I am convinced that our ministry here at CLM really makes a difference to the well-being of so many unfortunate citizens of Clark County. A ministry that I knew nothing about after living or working in Jeffersonville my entire life - a ministry started when I was in the 8th grade, one block away at St. Augustine School in 1963. I am fortunate now to have boots on the ground to see their needs first hand and have an opportunity to help all of those in need.

As I spend more time with the people we serve, I realize that CLM is a ministry that I will always support. I firmly believe, like so many of our donors, our efforts do make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, whether it be our women in our Bliss Houses who are in recovery or those seeking nourishment from our pantry. I ask all of our readers for your continued support; the existence of this ministry depends solely on your support. Please contact my office if you can help at 812-282-0063 or mail your check to the Center for Lay Ministries at 213 E. Maple St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130. We have also made donating easier via our website: www.center4layministries.com. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions regarding your donation or of the CLM mission, please contact 812-282-0063.

The Center for Lay Ministries has two upcoming support opportunities for our community:

The CLM Thelma Matthews Food Pantry is proud to announce a partnership with Meijer to provide much-needed hunger relief to local families through the Meijer's program, Simply Give.

The program encourages customers to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards, which are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the CLM. The CLM food pantry will benefit from donation cards purchased at the Jeffersonville Meijer store March 29 - May 11; HOWEVER, DURING THE DATES OF APRIL 17 AND 18, the Jeffersonville Meijers will match donations by tripling each donation. Please consider shopping and Meijers and contributing to the CLM during this timeframe.

AND

CLM Benefit GOLF SCRAMBLE: June 8, 2015, Jeff Elks Club, Registration at 11 AM (Lunch at Noon)

The tournament will be a four-person best ball scramble with shotgun start - $400 entry fee includes green fees, cart and lunch. To sponsor a team, obtain and complete a registration form (to obtain a form, contact the Center at (812) 282-0063 or stop by: 213 Maple Street in Jeffersonville).

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Prizes will also be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships Available

WANT TO BE ON A TEAM, BUT DON'T HAVE TIME TO FORM ONE YOURSELF, JUST COME BY AND PAY FOR ONE PERSON AND WE WILL COORDINATE A TEAM FOR YOU.

 


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