Reaching out to help fight hunger

Alex Moore - Contributing columnist

With this holiday season approaching, the Covington Outreach Association (COA) is very honored to be partnering for the 11th year with the Meijer of Troy “Simply Give” Food Pantry Program, to help fight hunger in our Covington community. This dollar-for-dollar matching program has been a very important way to stock the COA’s Community Food Pantry throughout the past 10 years.

The public is asked to please support Covington’s food pantry by purchasing $10 donation cards at any Troy Meijer check-out register. “Simply Give” donation cards are available at all COA churches (the preferred method), the COA office, or at a Meijer kiosk. There is no limit to the amount that can be used to purchase the Simply Give cards in $10 increments. When one purchases a donation card, Meijer will match it dollar-for-dollar, using Meijer gift cards to fill the food pantry’s shelves. The Covington Outreach Association received over $27,000 in gift cards in 2017 from the Simply Give Holiday Program to stock their pantry shelves!

To assure Simply Give Card purchases/donations work smoothly, please use cash, debit card or credit card, because larger checks may have limits as to the amount that Meijer registers can accept. If a person prefers to use a check to donate, please write it payable to the COA, and drop it off at their Covington Church of the Brethren office, earmarked “Simply Give.” The COA staff will be glad to take it to Meijer for you to purchase “Simply Give” donation cards.

And as an added bonus, Meijer will “double-match” donations if cards are purchased on Friday, Dec. 7, for that one day only this year! For example, a $10 donation will equal $30 total in food pantry gift cards, on that day only. For more information about the program, please call the COA office at 473-2415, or e-mail The Covington Outreach Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax deductible. Hunger is a problem that continues in our community, and the COA thanks the public for their past and future donations for this important program in support of Covington’s food pantry.

As we roll through November and toward the final month of 2018, the annual Live Nativity Walk at Stillwater Community Church is upcoming. It will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. Walks begin every half-hour, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be five walks scheduled per night, with the last at 8:30 p.m. And best of all, admission is absolutely free!

The Nativity Walk takes one back in time to tell the story of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Walk to the home of Mary, follow Mary to visit her cousin Elizabeth’s home, and go into the carpentry shop of Joseph. Then the walk continues to the inn where there was no room; visit with the shepherds and listen as the angels announce the birth of Jesus, and travel with the shepherds to the stable to visit the newborn King. And after the walk, back in the year 2018, stay warm by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies, and fellowship!

Stillwater Community Church is located on Sugar Grove Road off State Route 48 between Covington and Pleasant Hill. Just head west on Sugar Grove from 48, and you can’t miss it. For additional information, give the church a call at 473-5270.

And lastly in this chock-full-of-news column, the Covington Ministerial Association is again this year, along with area churches and Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering, offering a free Thanksgiving meal and worship service. The dinner and service is this Wednesday evening, Nov. 21. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m., and runs until 6:30 p.m. The community worship service follows at 7 p.m. All these events take place at the Covington Christian Church at 115 N. Pearl St. The meal will be served in the basement of the church, which is totally handicapped-accessible.

There is no charge for the meal, consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, fruit or applesauce, desserts and a beverage. This event is graciously sponsored and hosted by the churches of the Covington Ministerial Association and Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering. Happy Thanksgiving Covington, and they hope to see everyone there!
Reaching out to help fight hunger

Alex Moore

Contributing columnist

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