Monday, April 15, 2013

Food bank and first tincaps game of the year

Saturday we had another group day of volunteering at the food bank. There were 11 of us from church (me, Jane, Julie, Joan, Carol, Les, Mary, Matt, Shelley, Jim and Ann). We met at our house at 8:15 and arrived at the food bank just before 8:30. I think we were done and out of there by 11:30. Then everyone except Julie and Carol went to the Renaissance restaurant for lunch afterward.

It was another good day (I think this was my 3rd or 4th time doing this), but they changed the way they do things on Saturdays, plus there was a big group from The Chapel that really kind of messed things up (they brought almost twice as many people as they said they were going to bring - which just made it a mess having too many volunteers). Regarding the changes - it was nice that they had a little orientation thing, but they've really 'institutionalized' the process. Also, it seemed to have really stifled the volunteer leadership (or made it non-existent). Every other time I had been there I noticed 2 volunteers in particular who really took charge. One of them is no longer around, and the other was very quiet - like he had been told to butt out or something. There was way more of a 'staff presence' now. But... it is what it is. We served nearly 600 families in about 2 hours. I think they said they usually give away something like 37,000 lbs. of food on one of these days. It was good for our church folk.

Then yesterday Jane and I took in our first Tincaps game of the year. It was a 3:05 game. It was a little cool and cloudy early in the day, but it warmed up nicely in the afternoon and the sun even came out for awhile. There weren't very many people there, but we had a good time.

All in all it was a pretty good weekend. The Feipel's made it to Tennessee and back in one piece, and a lot got accomplished. We had a really good council meeting after church Sunday which left me feeling pretty good. We stayed after church and had pizza together. It was nice.