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2010 Closing Celebration

posted Apr 24, 2010, 7:42 AM by Karla Reynolds   [ updated Apr 24, 2010, 8:21 AM ]
On Monday, April 19th, Feeding the 5000 Families Campaign held it's closing celebration at the Idaho Food Bank. Despite the economic climate, the campaign raised over $13,000 and collected more than 23,000 pounds of food for the Idaho Community. Over 100 people joined the celebration which included a reenactment of the  new testament miracle  of Jesus feeding the 5000 families with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes by Mrs. Aytes  5th grade class from the Holy Spirit Catholic School.

 The talented , Brothers of Jared, opened the celebration playing music that was both original and celebratory.  An opening prayer was offered by Pastor Craig Strobel,  United Methodist Church and Roy Lacey, VP of Operations at the Idaho Food Bank gave opening remarks.  Norma Boyd led the crowd in singing the chorus of "Charity Never Faileth", the theme song she wrote for this years campaign. This is the  12th song Norma has written for Feeding the 5000 Campaign.

 Debra Shien, from Temple Emanuel read from the ld Testament and Pastor Phil Meyer delivered a message about how opening a a food pantry at Faith Lutheran Church in the past year has renewed and invigorated the faith of his congregation. The Faith Lutheran Pantry is one of the many organizations that recieves food from the food bank.

The celebration closed with a prayer recitation from the organizing committee members followed by  a prayer and blessing given by Pastor Ed Jordan from Gate City Baptist Church.
The celebrants then enjoyed mulligan stew prepared by Dutch Oven Delight, who donated their time to prepare and serve the meal,  and bread donated by Great Harvest Brea
d Company.