Food- November 2014

Nov 14 Project | Roundup

by: Scott Bakken

November 2014 was the launch of Socality Community Projects and we were excited to see all the projects designed around the theme of 'food'. The goal was to create a project that would build community and give back to the community using food as the central idea. Communities could then share their project with us as well as post on social media using #socalityfoodproject.

It was exciting to see people from across the earth take their lives and gifts and use these for impact. One thing we know is you don't have to be famous or have a large platform to make a difference, but rather just simply be willing. It's from this position that we can help others around us.

Seattle saw Stefanie Krach gather and organize a project that would support and give back to Seattle Union Gospel Mission feeding over 15 families for one week. Riverside, CA hosted an instameet with over 70 people attending using #socalitysocal and collected non-perishable food items for Path of Life Ministries. These are just a few of the projects that took place.

You can read stories, view videos and check out photos below all created and captured by those who designed community projects!

Check out the theme for December #socalitygiftproject and see how you can take the lead on being a catalyst for change in your community!

All for eternity

Scott

Toronto, ON | Nov 14 Project

by: Jemi Grace

For so long I longed for a community. A community that goes beyond our screens , feeds, school or work place and yesterday was a prove that all of this could happen.

I was reminded that there is more to life than what we surround ourselves with. Getting know that there people in my community that are going through the same things I go through, people who are passionate about God, life and building a community.  My Favourite part was when everyone shared there hearts, stories, valves, passions and also encouraged each other. Ooh and the food, taking pictures and exploring the city wasn't bad! Soo glad I got to meet these incredible people, spent the afternoon with them. Existed to go life with people and also expand our circle. Today I am thankful for new friendship

Calgary, AB | Nov 14 Project

by: Scott Bakken

Calgary hosted a night that gave back to the YWCA and highlighted different organizations within the city that support and aid our community in the area of food. Cafe Rosso opened their doors and provided the venue and staff as their gift to us. Through the night, our community gathered over food to learn how can give back to the needs in our community.

We hosted The Calgary Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Calgary Eats and Cups who all presented to our community on the needs in our city. Here are some stats

  • 42% of those who access the food bank are children
  • The food bank can hold 1 million pounds of food
  • Meals on Wheels has 6 programs that assist ANYONE who is in need of food
  • There are 150 community gardens in Calgary

Through our gathering we were able to support the YWCA via ticket sales and also build relationships with the above organizations. It opened our eyes to hear and learn about the needs in our city and find out how we can support the ongoing mission.

Dallas, TX | Nov 14 Project

 Photo by  @technopaul . Lettering by  @sheinthemaking

Photo by @technopaul. Lettering by @sheinthemaking

Last night, November 24, I had the ability to partake in something beautiful. I was invited by some of my sweetest friends to gather around a table and enjoy communion and a conglomerate homemade meal. As we were nearly closing out the night with prayer, my friend Monica was thanking God for our time together and said something along the lines of "This isn't normal." And that really stirred something in me because she was so right, it wasn't normal. Yes, we do get to gather with others around tables much more than usual during the holiday season, but to be able to set out with intention to gather a group of people who want to glorify God and praise Him in so many various ways throughout the night... That's rare. And it was so beautiful. My friends put so much thought and intention into every part of the event. We opened the night with a short message and prayer and then passed around our plates, very family style, to serve one another. We were each given Flora stationery cards, designed by my sweet friend Alexa, to write a note of love and encouragement for one person in a nearby homeless shelter & one for a person sitting at the table. In addition, the purchase of the beautiful Flora cards benefit young ladies in Eastern Europe in receiving scholarships to continue their education. I hadn't even met the girl who wrote my card until after the fact, but I was still so touched and encouraged by her words and the truth she spoke over me!

Each person brought something to the plate, from delicious stuffing, to unleavened bread, to a prayer or a laugh. It reminded of how we are in the body of Christ. Each working together, each bringing something different up to the table, each a part of a whole. As prayers began and ended the night, I felt such a wave of truth and peace on a night when I know so many were experiencing so much confusion and unrest. It got me thinking about true "peace" and the way the media is using the word. Peace is a state of mind, but even more so it's a state of the heart. 

Restricting, controlling, oppressing -- they don't create peace. That's not how God instills peace. An absence of apparent and visual violence, when hearts and souls are stirring and breaking isn't TRUE peace. 

This year, I'm slowly but surely beginning to see things differently. Not just for what they are, but for what lies underneath. And I'm grateful to God for this. I'm grateful for community, for His guidance, for His overflowing heart, that He is near to the broken-hearted & I'm grateful that God cares for and loves us so deeply and that His power can instill a sense of peace in any heart through the most trying of times. My prayers are with you guys throughout the season and throughout the different struggles you're facing today. 

Chicago, Il | Nov 14 Project

by: Perry Fish

Homelessness is an epidemic that unfortunately effects many communities. Chicago is no exception. Everyday I pass people on the street who are either asking for money or food, just to make it through even one more day. When the November Community Project of Food was announced, I knew there was something we could do to fulfill the need of those who go to sleep hungry every night, on the streets of Chicago.

On Sunday, November 23 a collection of my coworkers and friends came together to create 30 packed meals to distribute to those in need. The eight of us walked up and down Michigan Ave. and State St. in downtown Chicago and gifted a meal of a sandwich, bottled water, fruit, and granola bar to anyone who said yes when we asked.

It was extremely rainy for being November in Chicago, but as our shoes filled up with water, our hearts filled with joy, even as they were breaking for each soul we met that night.