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JUN-JUL 2018

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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | JUNE/JULY 2018 27 taken to heart the guiding principle of the prophet Jeremiah, who wrote: "Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile." The Rev. Craig Goodwin says that one of the most important things the church has learned is the importance of working alongside other social agencies and organizations to help the community at large. "We've caught a bigger vision of what God has called us to do, and not just focusing on what we're doing," he said. "The church has a greater sense of being relational, and not working in isolation. We've had greater hints of God's kingdom." The church has partnered with local food banks and schools to help feed those who have come to Spokane, which is a sanctuary city. Goodwin says the passion and work for feeding the hungry have evolved through the years. Ten years ago, the church started a farmers market in cooperation with local farmers and artisans. The market runs from May through September in the church's parking lot. The farmers market sparked an interest in providing healthy food through establishing community gardens, and the church partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, distributing food on the second Friday of every month through the Millwood Mobile Food Bank. A truck is filled with produce and fresh foods, and 25 community volunteers staff the long line of 10 tables used for distribution. The food is for low-income families and others in need of food assistance. To date, more than 550,000 pounds of food have been distributed through the Millwood Mobile Food Bank. "Relational connections, a sense of shared commitment to meet the needs of the people — there's something very spiritual about that. It gives expression to faith in CRAIG GOODWIN A kitchen ministry was established by Millwood Community Presbyterian Church with the goal of empowering people with the skills to prepare inexpensive and healthy meals. The cooking lessons are free to all in the Spokane community.

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