At last week's Golden Apple Awards Dinner at the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB), the Coker Food Pantry won the top award, Food Pantry of the Year! We are honored to be recognized amongst our peers. There are 530 food pantries across 16 counties that are all supported by the SAFB and are all worthy to be recognized, we humbly thank the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) for naming Coker as the Food Pantry of the Year.
In 2017- your donations, prayers, and volunteer hours allowed Coker’s Food Pantry to serve 3,794 families, 16,766 people (about 1400 per month), and 2,120 Seniors. Volunteers dedicated 4,635 hours of time.
Sharon Ford, Director, Coker Health and Wellness Center, shares: “This award is a reflection of the work of everyone who volunteered or supported the ministries of the entire Health and Wellness Ministry. All of our programs were included. We would like to thank you all for your volunteer hours and heart for the ministry so many of you: Distribute food, pick up the food from the SAFB, pick up food at Wild Fish, Chester’s and Longhorn Steakhouse, sort the food, pack the food, personally carry out the food, organize supplies, distribute the backpacks annually, conduct the Angel Tree Christmas toy project, participate in the Jubilee Free Sale. We also thank those who work in the Clothing Closet, work on our Children’s Library, schedule all of the volunteers and those who are now working on our two new food programs for Seniors: Commodities Supplemental Food Program and Project Hope.
The nomination included all of the thoughtfulness the people of Coker have demonstrated towards our clients: giving them rides to the bus stop, taking them home, renting them motel rooms on freezing nights, taking them to the hospital or doctor’s appointments, buying them gasoline, delivering food to their homes when they were too sick to come get it, giving them financial aid from the pastors through the Pastor’s Benevolence Fund and the entire congregation and Building Committee for supporting the Health and Wellness Ministry. The SAFB was especially impressed that our congregation went the extra mile to build such a wonderful new facility where we, through our Wesley Nurse, schedule health education programs, nutrition programs, cooking demonstrations, and health screenings. Including our clients in programs of the church such as Mid-Week Manna, Easter Egg Scramble, Harvest Celebration, Bible Study, Spanish Worship, Sunday School, etc. which brought us to the top.
Those of us who work in the Health and Wellness Center would sincerely like to thank everyone who made this award possible for Coker UMC.”
We stand in amazement and Praise God for instilling a vision and putting hearts and people into action to be the hands and feet of Christ. Thank you to the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) for the support and recognition.
I have been to Mexico numerous times throughout my lifetime…on vacation. I must admit that rarely had I ever gone to Mexico on a mission trip, other than along the border (which is a world of difference from the interior of Mexico).
John Coker, a man with an adventurous nature, traveled to Texas from South Carolina in 1834 and joined in the fight for Texas Independence. He served with Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, joining the men who destroyed Vince’s Bridge which trapped Santa Ana and helped defeat his army in 1836.
The Early Response Team based at the Sinton First United Methodist Church was sent to three areas in November: Ingleside on the Bay, Rockport, and Beeville TX. We tore down damaged fences, trimmed trees, raked, bagged, and hauled away debris, tarped a trailer roof, gutted plywood ceilings and bagged fiberglass insulation, and separated and cleaned up steel roofing. Our mission was to be a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster and to put the people affected before the tasks at hand.
Dear Coker Family, As I look back on 2017 I am overwhelmed by all that God has done in and through our church. 2017 was my first complete calendar year here at Coker and we worked very hard to begin to put in place the ministry infrastructure for our future as church. Even with that being our focus, God is growing our ministry as we reach new people with the good news of Jesus Christ and the community of faith called Coker UMC.