"Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Matthew 22:37-39

 

During this time of worldwide efforts to contain Covid-19 (Coronavirus), it is important that those of us who follow Jesus Christ strive to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. In order to be the very best neighbors we can, Columbus Avenue is prepared to respond during this unsettling period by protecting and supporting those most vulnerable to infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are at high risk — mainly older adults (65+) or people with serious chronic health problems — find ways to have their meals, groceries, and medications delivered. By now, you may know someone like that yourself. Maybe it's an older relative or neighbor, or a friend in self-quarantine because they may have been exposed to the virus.

Ways to get involved:

The question is, how can we love our neighbor and respond safely as a church and serve those in need in these days of social distancing? It's an unsettling time, but there are answers — and solutions. From your financial support and support through prayer to your willingness to volunteer and commit to serve, we need everyone to play a part. Here are some ways Columbus Avenue is prepared to respond and how you can get involved.
  • Give - Maybe your feet are not those that can personally walk toward others by preparing or delivering meals but maybe you can be the ones that help them feed their family and sustain their needs.
  • Pray - One of the ways we love our neighbor is by lifting them before God in prayer. You can dedicate time to pray for them and send them a text or call them and pray with them.
  • Call - Read a scripture passage and make a telephone call just to let someone know they are loved and remembered by the family of God.
  • Be a Buddy - While following social distancing precautions, we desperately need people to be a Buddy. You can be a Buddy in following ways:
    • Deliver Groceries/Medications/Meals to our Homebound/Quarantined - We need people to pick up meals and medications and deliver them. There will be no person-to-person contact. The delivery will consist of picking up the meal and dropping it off at the front door of the residence. Specific instruction will be given for each delivery.
    • Cut grass, landscaping, etc. - COVID-19 has taken our community by surprise and many people were not prepared. One of the ways we can respond is by providing lawn service as the grass continues to grow and can become a source of frustration. By providing a free lawn mowing service, you can ease their burden and love your neighbor with a fresh cut lawn. No person-to-person contact is necessary.
  • Pack and Deliver Meals through Meals on Wheels - Columbus Avenue Baptist Church is proud to be a preparation site. This means that we host Meals on Wheels out of the Fireside Room in the CENTER. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:00am volunteers can do one of two things:
    • help prepare the meals for drivers to pick up
    • take a delivery route to bring prepared meals to several families at a time.
As with many areas currently, COVID-19 has created an even greater need to get one of the most essential needs to the elderly and homebound community. Preparing food or help with delivering meals are some of the greatest areas of need for this ministry.

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Pathway Food Donation

Each month, family food sets are given to many families in need of assistance. Thanks to your generosity, Columbus Avenue will only be collecting the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Donations can be dropped off from 4-6PM at the 13th street Drive-thru. If you would like to help with Pathway Ministries, please contact David Villarreal.