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Seminary Volunteers Return to Food Bank

Staff and faculty members of Phillips Theological Seminary will be volunteering at the Community Food Bank of Easter Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 20. Most recently, several staff and faculty from Phillips volunteered at the food bank on Friday, Nov. 14. It was the second time members of the seminary had volunteered at the food bank in 2014.

Sandy Shapoval and Gina Robertson
Lora Conger
Judy Krase
Susanna Southard

Volunteers spent the morning helping to pack backpacks for the Food for Kids Backpack Program, which provides shelf-stable food for approximately 6,000 students at risk of going hungry over the weekend during the school year.  Volunteers sorted through donations in the afternoon. Instructor in Ministry Studies Susanna Southard, who volunteered with the seminary in February, said she was glad to volunteer at the food bank again.

“It was really a phenomenal experience the first time seeing the volume of food, being aware of the amount of need and seeing the small way that we can help,” she said. “It’s really good camaraderie; it’s good to be working elbow to elbow with folks.”

Stewardship Director Geoff Brewster agreed. He said volunteering is important to him because it gives him an opportunity to serve others and live out his faith in a tangible way. He also thinks it’s beneficial for members of the seminary to volunteer together.

“As a seminary, I think it’s important for us as a community to again embody that which we think is important,” he said. “That’s serving other people, reaching out, and living the faith that we also teach.”

Katrina Morrison, Assistant and Financial Aid Director at Phillips, said volunteering with the seminary was an opportunity to interact with fellow staff and faculty off campus in a shared giving experience. Data Management Specialist Judy Krase encouraged people who wanted good fellowship while serving the community should volunteer.

“I think we all have gifts to give we all have blessings to receive,” she said. “I think that when we share with others the time and talent that we have, we benefit.”

Southard, who also serves as Chaplain at Phillips, said it was good to be a part of a community effort to help feed a lot of people. She says Phillips plans to volunteer at the food bank again in February.

“If we truly love others, which we claim to do, we need to be able to demonstrate that love in the way that we live our lives—not just with the words that we speak but with the deeds of our hands,” she said. “I think this is a way of living out our desire to be caretakers of one another.”

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