We want to thank everyone for joining this year’s Holy Week observances. The daily services were well attended and inspirational.

We appreciate the Nacogdoches Ministerial Alliance and First United Methodist Church for organizing and hosting this annual event.

Each day different clergy members and musicians helped the congregation understand Christ’s journey to the cross with a different message.

For Love INC staff and volunteers, this opportunity to see so many denominations worshiping together was a blessing.

We also appreciated the love offering taken each day during the service, and the donations for the meals served each day.

This year $3,847 dollars was raised benefiting the Help Neighbor Fund of Love In the Name of Christ.

Over the years, the majority of the requests made in this article have been for our Help Neighbor Fund. Your generous support has helped us to serve a number of families with a range of needs including: rent and utilities (this is our Fresh Start program); gasoline vouchers; mattresses and box springs (new); window unit air conditioners; small microwaves; photo IDs; bus tickets; disaster supplies; wheelchair ramp supplies; eyeglasses; transportation; auto repair; bicycle repair; other: such as care for pets and emergency housing/motel room expenses; specialized medical equipment; transitional housing expenses.

The Help Neighbor Fund has served over four hundred individual needs during 2018. It is separate from other Gap ministries such as the Warehouse ministry where furniture and gently used household items are shared with clients; different also from Back to School Shared Blessings, Thanksgiving Meals, and Christmas Shared Blessings which serve families at particular times of the year. Monetary donations can be made to Love INC without a designation, and we will use the funds where they are most needed within the Help Neighbor Fund. Donations can also be made to a specific ministry or event, and those funds will be allocated and designated specifically for that purpose. Your faithful support is vital and essential for the fulfillment of our mission statement

“To see Christian churches united in purpose and fully engaged in actively living out their faith by lovingly serving people in need in their communities.” I consider your donations to be vital to the success of Love INC. Never will I take for granted your generosity. Sharing with you how your donations are spent is extremely important to me personally, the Board of Directors, staff and our volunteers of this organization.

2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Other validated requests are for new or gently used items: Skillets, Love seats, Twin Linens, Full size Box Springs, Queen size Box Springs, Queen size mattresses, Full size mattresses, Dining Chairs, Dressers

Patti Goodrum is executive director of Love INC.

Patti Goodrum is executive director of Love INC.

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