The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sharing the bounty

Two years ago, Christ Lutheran Church, Michigan Center, Mich., encouraged members to create their own ministries. Dave and Sally Urbaniak had an idea that went beyond the table at church where people left tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini to share. The "Bountiful Produce Wagon" got its start when Dave towed an old wooden wagon to the church and anchored it in the grass where it was accessible from the sidewalk and parking lot. A sign announced: "If you have it, give it! If you need it, take it! FREE!" When the hot sun came out, the final piece of the wagon's identity was quickly added: wooden praying hands to shield the produce from the sun and to provide a vivid image of gratitude for God's abundance.


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