If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in Him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. I John 3:17-18

Love in Action is a care-giving ministry devoted to providing meals and friendship to people attending First Baptist Church and members of the surrounding community. The meals are provided when people are unable to cook for various reasons.

You can help in 2 ways:
1. Provide meals using the church-supplied containers
2. Refer names of people who could benefit from this ministry to the Love in Action Coordinator.

LOVE IN ACTION MEALS MINISTRY INFORMATION

Thank you for volunteering to prepare meals. You will have a vital part of being a blessing to some of our church members and friends.

1. When you fill the containers please place them in your freezer and bring them to the church when you are coming. PLEASE BRING THEM TO THE CHURCH THE SAME WEEK YOU PREPARE THEM. This is very important so that the food stays fresh.

2. We ask that you prepare the meals one each week or in a batch of 4 or 5 (depending on a month of 4 or 5 weeks).

3. Please fill all 3 portions of the container completely. However, PLEASE DO NOT OVERFILL. THE TOP SHOULD LIE FLAT ON THE CONTAINER WITH THE FOIL ON THE FOOD AND THE WHITE SIDE UP.

4. Please fill out the menu sheet for each meal and be sure to date it.

5. Secure the menu sheet to the top of the container by placing it under the crinkled edge at the top.

6. VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE BE SURE TO SEAL ALL 4 SIDES INCLUDING THE CORNERS. THEN PLACE IN PLASTIC BAGS THAT ARE PROVIDED AND STORE IN YOUR FREEZER UNTIL YOU BRING TO THE CHURCH.

7. THE FREEZER AND NEW CONTAINERS ARE IN THE MINI KITCHEN. THE FREEZER IS MARKED “FOR LOVE IN ACTION MEALS ONLY.”

8. Please SIGN THE CLIPBOARD THAT SAYS “MEALS COMING IN”

9. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE MEALS THAT ARE SPICY OR HOT (TASTE NOT TEMP).
If you wish to include cookies, brownies, or dinner rolls, please place in a separate bag inside the plastic bag.

10. All meals require a bit of additional moisture to ensure they do not dry out during reheating. Meats need sauce, gravy, marinade or both to keep soft.

11. Feel free to freeze a portion of the meal you have prepared for your family. No special cooking is required.

12. The meals will be cooked by the recipient for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. This is standard and will not vary. Please ensure that all meal items you include will be prepared but not overcooked in this time.

MAIN DISH SUGGESTIONS:

CHICKEN: Roasted, (boneless) pot pie, creamed chicken, chicken parmesan, chicken casserole.

PORK/HAM: (Boneless) pork chops, pork tenderloin, ham steak. EXTRA BROTH.

BEEF: Roast, meatloaf, beef pot pie, hamburger steak. EXTRA GRAVY.

PASTA: Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti. EXTRA SAUCE. Please watch as to the amount of pasta that is needed. We are limited as to the amount we can use.

MACARONI & CHEESE: With or without ham or sausage. A little extra milk on top before freezing will help this re-heat better.

VEGETABLES: Bags of frozen vegetables from the supermarket work very well. Mixed vegetables, cut green beans, broccoli, and carrots are preferred over peas, corn, and rice. Mashed Potatoes freeze very well and the older recipients like it because it is soft. Please add a little extra butter or milk.

DESSERTS: Canned fruit filling (apple, cherry, peach) with a bit of pie crust freezes very well. Applesauce is also good. A dessert is not always necessary but it is nice for a treat.

PLEASE FILL ALL THREE SECTIONS OF THE CONTAINER BUT DO NOT OVERFILL.

THE TOP SHOULD FIT FLAT OVER THE FOOD. It will not seal correctly if some food is above the divider and will spill over to one of the other sections.

Thank you again for your efforts. It is greatly appreciated by the people receiving
the meals. If you have any questions please call Nancy Warwick at (215) 297-8119.