The third pillar of Lent is Almsgiving. Alms are a monetary sacrifice to help people in need- in a broader sense these are acts of mercy. Jesus gives a clear mandate of alms (Mark 6, Luke 12). Driven by our love of God and our love of neighbor, you’re invited to tangibly practice almsgiving during Lent by collecting items to support the Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) for the first three weeks and Family Promise for the last 3 weeks of Lent. Grab a box or a bag and set it out in your home. Each week during Lent, we ask that you’ll pick up specific items off the list of things needed.
You’re invited to drop off the items to the church on Sundays during Lent. While you could add everything to your click-list in the beginning, we ask that you’ll intentionally practice giving alms throughout Lent opening yourself to be drawn into a deeper encounter with Christ who is present in those whom we give of ourselves in love.
Food items are to be canned, jars, bagged or boxed. You don’t have to pick up all of these items each week but these are the ones we’ll be focusing on each week:
Roanoke Area Ministries
Week #1 - Drop off March 6th: Disposable Gloves – M, L, XL, Dish Soap, Paper Lunch Bags, Bottled Water
Week #2 - Drop off March 13th: Dish Rags and Dish Towels, Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner, 3 Compartment to-go containers, Plastic Forks & Spoons or Utensil Containers, Paper Plates
Week #3 - Drop off March 20th: Razors, Toothbrushes, Chapstick, Reading Glasses, Post It Notes
Week #4 - Drop off March 27th: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Breakfast Bars, Cereal
Week #5 - Drop off April 3rd: Bottled Tea, Boxed Juices, Crackers
Week #6 - Drop off April 10th: Laundry Detergent, Toilet Paper, Dinner napkins, Walmart $25 gift-cards
As we give throughout Lent, in hopes of this practice transforming us to give always, you can pray each week as you gather your items together the following prayer:
God, you blessed us to be a blessing to others. Let our almsgiving be a blessing to our neighbors. May this practice of giving draw us closer to you, opening us to continually look for ways to give to all of your beloved children. Amen.