George H. Bush in his inaugural address called for us to be “a kinder and gentler nation.” It has been a quarter of a century since that call was issued. Are we today a kinder and gentler nation? We have fought three wars. We have survived many terrorism attacks. We have gone through a mini depression. Government has been grid-locked and battling over shrinking budgets.
All of us have suffered from the above. However, there is a spirit of resilience that seems to be present. The Community Food Pantry at Hillside a few years ago gave food to about ten families a week. Today, the Church feeds more than 50 families a week. None of that is supported by government money, it comes from Hillsiders. That doesn’t include those we help with medicine, utilities, and special circumstances. Every summer we send about 25 young people to camp, almost all with half of their cost paid, many with all the cost paid – Hillsiders. We will send a group this summer to Moore, Oklahoma to clean up from last years tornado. Guess where the money comes from? Every time government cuts back, the Church has to do more.
Thank you Hillside, you are a people living out their faith.