AFN opens with Prayer at the St. Mary’s Food Bank
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

We were grateful to join St. Mary’s Food Bank (SMFB) and several corporate and community partners at the 9/11 Meal Pack event. As part of this event, AFN joined faith leaders and government officials in a solemn marking of the day at the beginning of the event with prayer, ringing of a bell and singing “America the Beautiful”. Over the course of this day, it is anticipated that over 1,000 volunteers will help pack meals that will be distributed locally to people in need across the valley. We are grateful for the opportunity to stand with SMFB and all the volunteers on this solemn day of remembrance.

 As we gather together to mark the 17th year since one of the greatest evils was visited on this great nation, we pause to ask “How can we best honor and show dignity, care and compassion to those who lost their lives that dreadful day? How can we properly  remember the courage of those who sacrificed their lives trying to save others?”

 Yet the words of the Apostle Paul ring in our hearts like a prayer unto the Lord: As brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, we will present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service. We will not be conformed to the evil of this world, but we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may show forth what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Today, we will rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulation, continue steadfastly in prayer. We will distribute to the needs of others and pursue hospitality. We will rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep…. We will not be overcome by evil, but we will overcome evil with good!