Gleaning to start at 4:00 pm

Picture of fresh cherry sized tomatoes in various reds, oranges, and yellows in a wooden crate, and cucumbers in colors from yellow to dark green piled in a wooden crate next to the tomatoes. Behind the tomato crate, some greenery is visible, which might be lettuce and herbs.

Gleaning every Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Gleaning: to gather (leftover grain or other produce) after a harvest.

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God."  (Leviticus 19:9-10)

Bethesda Lutheran Church offers a Gleaning program to connect grocery stores with our neighbors in need.  Every Sunday fresh produce that can no longer be sold commercially is brought to our Fellowship Hall and set up by a dedicated group of volunteers. Those who can make use of free fruits, vegetables, potatoes, and assorted other items may line up at 3:30 p.m. (not before!) or wait in their cars in our parking lot. At 4:00 p.m. (or shortly thereafter) Katherine and J.R. will welcome in 5 people at a time to gather food.  Masks and the use of hand sanitizer are required, and are available at the door.  You are encouraged to bring along your own re-usable bags, although we usually have some bags available.  Gleaning is closed by 5:00 p.m., or earlier, once everyone waiting has completed their gleaning.

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