Photo and Commentary ©2021 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, October 9, 2021

Eight blocks north of our church is another congregation. I was walking past their building a couple of weeks ago when I noticed this sandwich-board sign. Probing questions, aren’t they? They’re designed to invite viewers to think more deeply about spiritual matters.

If this sign were the only advertisement for this church, however, it might open itself up to questions like, “Lofty ideas—but are they really practical? Can you do anything in a practical way with those concepts?”

Do you see what’s over at the left-hand edge of the photo? Here’s a better view:

What a colorful cabinet, right? Down its center panel are the words, “Take What You Need, Bring What You Can.” Across the bottom: “Gifted by Youth Link.” Painted vegetables adorn the rest of the front, and four square openings give access to cans of food.

And (to me) most heart-gripping of all is what’s on the box’s left side, and probably the right side too–paint hand-prints.

So what does this church’s spiritual ideas have to offer? Food for people who need it, and the opportunity for the public to replenish the supply. This mini-food bank makes a powerful statement about this congregation and what it believes.

Happily, I’m able to report that eight blocks south, the Bellevue Seventh-day Adventist church feels the same way. Our reader board says, “Free Clothing Bank Open Wednesdays 9:30 to 12 noon.” Anyone who needs clothing can simply stop in, no appointment needed, and take what they need. And people in the homes around our church donate clothing and other items to keep the stock up. (Note: During the COVID months, the client flow ceased, so we’ve been having to forbid donations until we give out enough clothes to free up shelf space. If you’d like to donate clean clothing, call the church first at 425-746-1763 to see if they’re taking anything at the moment.)

So for us, as well as for the church to the north, we attach hands to our faith, to do real good. After listing a number of practical ways to meet people’s needs, Jesus concluded: “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 NKJV