You may know that here at Argyle UMC, our mission is to grow together as disciples, working with God, to transform the world one life at a time. Over the last seven weeks of the Lenten season, we raised money each week to go to specific missions of our church, all with the intent to transform the world one life at a time. As the Wired 4 Service team collected statistics on your generous contributions to these missions each week during Lent, we thought that it would be fun to share some other statistics. Typically, we track donations and lives transformed...but what if we told you exactly how many grains of rice your donations contributed to?
Week 1 of Lenten Offerings provided a meal catered by Babe's for the first responders in our community. In total, we fed 47 very hungry and very appreciative fire fighters, EMS, and police officers. Did you know that 47 hungry first responders can tackle twenty three and a half pounds of mashed potatoes?!
Week 2 of Lenten Offerings provided college care packs for 70 of our church youth. With our college students attending college from coast to coast, our college care packs traveled over 12,375 miles!
Week 3 of Lenten Offerings benefited the Shiloh and Argyle Food Banks in our community. Over four thousand pounds of food were donated, which means we were able to feed over seven thousand meals to the hungry.
Week 4 of Lenten Offerings allowed Argyle UMC to host our annual dinner for the widows and widowers of our church. Our youth helped to love on 39 of these sweet men and women.
Week 5 of Lenten Offerings will help thirty of our church youth attend mission trips this year. We are estimating that this also equals approximately 150 "Are we there yet?' from the youth as they travel this summer. Craig & Carla - does that sounds about right?
Week 6 of Lenten Offerings will provide transportation for 55 economically disadvantaged kids to attend UP Summer Camps at Argyle UMC. The wheels on the bus will go round and round for 138 miles that week! Through your generosity, we were also able to donate two bicycles to Borman Elementary to be presented to two students that achieve perfect attendance, which we know will bring endless hours of childhood joy.
Week 7 of Lenten Offerings will help Argyle UMC host Rise Against Hunger for our annual Worship Without Walls event. Our goal is to provide 20,000 nutrient-rich meals that will feed approximately 700 families. As we alluded to earlier, if your wondering how many grains of rice that is...don't worry, we did the math. There are 48 grains of rice in one gram. There are 200 grams of rice in one meal. There are 9,600 grains of rice in one meal. There are 192,000,000 grains of rice in 20,000 meals. Come to Worship Without Walls on April 29 and help us package those 2 million grains of rice!