Just before Memorial Day weekend, Vicar Micah Drengler, assigned to Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in suburban Affton, MO, was asked by a staff person to meet with a visitor in the parking lot. The man was an umpire and member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires, an organization that very much wanted to help the community with a food drive and to have Christ Memorial host the activity. Meanwhile, OGT’s Missouri-Illinois Branch in St. Louis was seeing the increase need for food distribution amid the CV-19 as a priority for certain areas of the city. Branch leaders mailed letters to local organizations for potential food donations and Vicar Micah Drengler hugged the chance to partner with OGT. On Saturday, May 30, volunteers from the church and the umpires’ association met in the church parking lot to receive non-perishable food items. It was a ‘no contact’ food drive and within two hours the combined efforts yielded two-and-a-half vans filled with food. Delivery was made to OGT’s location at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in south St. Louis. OGT’s regional leadership saw the whole effort as a blessed event designed and planned by the Lord. The food will be distributed tomorrow to those in need. To God be the glory.
1st photo: Vicar Micah (center, with dark blue mask) and Christ Memorial’s Associate Pastor Bobby Walston (right) and Jim Brickey of the Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires.
The 2nd photo is OGT’s quarters its distribution efforts in the gymnasium of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Taft Street in St. Louis. Food and items of need are prayerfully distributed to local church pantries and agencies each Tuesday, thanks to dozens of OGT volunteers from Missouri and Illinois.