Food Tables

Food tables line the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, Aztec, prepared to feed the area’s hungry families. The church’s website provides recipes - and even recipe videos - to help recipients prepare meals from items given in the food boxes.

AZTEC (BNM) - In a desire to "walk with you during these ever-changing and challenging days," of the COVID-19 pandemic, First Baptist Church, Aztec, has made some resources available to people in need. The church has made them available to the Aztec area community through a page on the church’s website: www.firstaztec.org/response. According to Mike Napier, the church’s pastor, "Everything you see on this page is available for anyone. You need not be a member of First Baptist Church, Aztec, to take advantage of any of these opportunities.” He anticipates the church adding additional ministry resources to the page beyond those already there.

The church offers help to students, parents and teachers who are doing school work online. It offers no-cost printing or scanning school lessons and homework. Also, workstations are available, allowing teachers and students to use the church's Wi-Fi network. The church’s space is a large facility, so it offers the resources with social distancing procedures in mind. Contact information is posted on the website, too.

For people who have fallen on hard times after losing a job or having hours cut, a box of non-perishable food items is available for pick up at the church during its office hours, Monday through Friday. Beyond just a box of food, church members have crafted recipes to help people use the food. A view recipes button on the resource web page reveals a list. Taking the help a step farther, church members have made videos showing how to prepare some of the items. Recipes include breads, Insta-Pot meals, soups, stews and desserts.

If someone needs to use a computer and WiFi to file for unemployment, the church offers that, too. Napier said, "Let us know, and we will arrange an appointment for you to use a computer or Wi-Fi if you have a laptop. We also have a contact at the employment office that can answer questions or help you get 'un-stuck' in the filing process. … The opportunity is open for anyone."

Napier offers hope through the site from Psalm 94:19. It reads, “When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” He said the church hopes its efforts will bring some joy into people’s lives and make life easier from some of its neighbors. 

Karen Pilgreen is a volunteer assignment writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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