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Millersburg Church of God

                         Monthly Stats
                          July 2015

   Families served - 376
  Total Number of People Served - 1,103

   Food donations received - 5,000-6,000 lbs. 
   Food purchased - 44,335/$1,250.18
   Volunteer hours - 602.75 hours

The Loaves and Fishes Miracle!

    "And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.  And the
     passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and
     saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy
     bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew
     what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is 
     not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his
     disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here,
     which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so
     many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the
     place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.  And Jesus took the 
     loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the 
    disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they 
    would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments
    that remain, that nothing be lost.  Therefore they gathered them together, and 
    filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained
    over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen
    the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come
    into the world."     John6:3-14
 Was the "Loaves and Fishes" a Miracle or a Promise?

Jesus's feeding of thousands of followers from a small offering of a few loaves of bread and a couple small fish was a true miracle recounted by all four of the Gospel writers in the New Testament. However, miracles are only miracles to we humans; miracles are what God does by virtue of who He is and the power inherent in His being. Jesus saw a need through His eyes of compassion - the people were hungry and needed food. He, through the power and blessing of God simply did what needed to be done. Throughout all the "miracles" told, there was always a two-fold significance to the acts of Jesus. He meets a need and He shows forth the glory of God. What we see as a miracle is simply the mingling of God's love and power - which is what the focus of our "good works" should be. God will show us a need, and if we accept the undertaking of meeting that need with true faith and genuine love, He will supply us the resources to meet the need. And, He will do so in a manner that will cause others - and us - to pause and marvel in His greatness and glorify His name. 

The underlying message in the story of the loaves and fishes is not about the perceived miracle performed by Jesus, but that He did so by using just the meager offering that one person was willing to share. The little boy could have very easily kept his food to himself. However, despite being so young, the lad obviously felt a calling from the Lord and chose to give his offering to Jesus, not having any idea what Jesus could do with it, but having faith there was a reason he was called to do so. Even the disciples 
questioned the seemingly pointless offering as Saint Andrew said to Jesus, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they among so many?" (John 6:9). Although a very meager amount, when offered in faith to Jesus, it was enough to feed thousands. So too, will our efforts to serve Him and make a difference in this world work miracles — if they are completely offered up to Him in faith and guided by His Holy Spirit. That is "the loaves and fishes" promise! 

We have seen the miracle and the promise of the loaves and fishes multiply in our ministry to provide a Food Pantry to those in need in the Holmes County area. ​Some of the visitors to our Pantry are recently unemployed, between jobs, or just can't find a job. Some are working or are on a fixed 
income and just can't make ends meet in our economy. Supplementing their needs not only provides meals but also relief and hope. ​It is our sincere desire our meager efforts, which are multiplied each week in our Food Pantry, to provide nurishment to those who are hungry will also provide a light to the path of salvation just like the loaves and fishes:

John 6:​14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

​Our Food Pantry is operated through monetary 
donations and volunteer hours of members of our 
church as well as monetary donations from other 
area churches and indivduals who also want to 
share the Good News while feeding those in need. 
We also receive donations of excess food items
       from local merchants. We are so thankful for 
       all those who give to our Food Pantry and 
       entrust the Lord will use it to further the Great 

Food Pantry
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Millersburg Church of God ®  10643 State Route 39, Millersburg, OH  44654       330-276-7373
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Millersburg Church of God
  10643 State Route 39    
 Millersburg, Ohio 44654
We are a 501 (c) (3) organization,
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Food Pantry
Hours of Service
Friday 1pm-4pm
Friday  1pm - 4pm

In order to open our doors on Friday, we have several days of "behind the scenes" work including stocking shelves, unloading deliveries, etc. If you are being led to help in the 
Food Pantry Ministry, please call 
Pastor Dave at 
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