The Holidays are Upon Us!
WOW has time flown by! We have fought the onset of a global pandemic, horrific fires that have ravaged our country and our homes, a very emotional and divisive election cycle, riots & protests. Now we are heading into a season where families traditionally come together in gratitude to God and each other for our many blessings. Setting aside fear can feel almost impossible right now. Yet, now more than ever should be a time for us to gather and spend time visiting and encouraging one another. The staff and volunteers at the ROC would like to encourage you to take time during this season when we offer our thanks to Almighty God for His many blessings upon us and our nation, to spend time together. If you are unable to do so then at least call, video chat or even write a nice letter to your family, friends, and neighbors.
For local folks in need of a place to go on Thanksgiving Day, the ROC will be closed but the Gospel Rescue Mission opens their doors each year for a huge holiday feast. Keep in mind that they are the only homeless shelter in Grants Pass and an outreach to those on the streets. To date there has been no cases of COVID-19 among the staff or resident population at the Mission, but if you struggle with a compromised immune system it may be wise to sit this meal out. They will be open to the public from 12 to 3pm on Thanksgiving Day and you can avoid the bulk of the crowd if you come after 1pm. They are located at 540 SW Foundry Street in Grants Pass (right next to the ROC), and their phone # is 541 476-0082.
It is truly amazing how many people in our Southern Oregon community come together and share the little we have with those in need. At the ROC we even have donors from outside our state that give each month because they believe in the work we do here. In a year that has felt as if the whole world intended to crush us, God has used you to help the ROC become stronger and better as a food pantry. You have undoubtedly had all kinds of noble and righteous causes requesting your financial support and yet you have chosen to support the ROC Food Pantry. Thank you so much for being a part of our family and may God bless you and yours as we give thanks together!
Brian Bouteller – Executive Director